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SUBSTANTIAL information on the health status of older Americans is beginning to accumulate from the findings of the third National Health and N utrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). "All other studies, including the first 2 NHANES, have excluded those over 74 years of age. From this third NHANES, for the first time we now have information on those over 80 years," said Tamara Harris, MD, chief, Geriatric Epidemiology Office, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.
Harris chaired a symposium reporting some of the findings among older subjects from NHANES III that was held during the 49th annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Washington, DC.
The NHANES surveys are unique in that, in addition to interviews and recalls, they include data from direct physical examination, screening procedures, anthropometric measures, and laboratory studies. The health status of older Americans is 1 of 4 areas
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