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January 8, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The difference in life expectancy between black and white Americans widened in 1989, the government reported. The rising death rate of young black men--primarily because of homicide and AIDS--is probably the reason blacks have a lower life expectancy than whites, officials said.
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HEALTH
December 7, 1998
The facts and figures on colds in America, according to the most recent statistics (1994): * There are nearly 66 million cases of the common cold annually. * 28.5 million of these cases affect Americans under 17. * Colds keep children out of school 20 million days each year. * Americans spend about 24 million days in bed due to the common cold each year. * 68% of common colds suffered by children younger than 5 are treated by medical personnel.
HEALTH
February 8, 1999
Americans had nearly 40 million inpatient procedures in 1995, the latest year for which statistics are available. The statistics also show: * The number of operations performed on the nervous system: 954,000 * On the endocrine system: 85,000 * On the eyes: 269,000 * On the ears: 68,000 * On the nose, mouth and pharynx: 353,000 * On the respiratory system: 1.04 million * On the cardiovascular system: 4.84 million * On the digestive system: 5.1 million * On the urinary system: 1.
HEALTH
December 28, 1998
Nearly 100 million visits (96,545,000 to be exact) were made to American ERs in 1995, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Here are more facts and figures about our emergency room visits: * Average number of visits per 100 people: 36.9 * Most frequent principal reason for visit: stomach and abdominal pain, 5.9 million visits * Number of injury-related visits: 37.2 million * Number of urgent visits: 44.2 million * Type of drug most frequently mentioned: Tylenol, 9.
NEWS
December 18, 1994 | RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decade after crack cocaine first flooded the streets of Los Angeles, its legacy of destruction ranks among the most deadly, costly and socially upending catastrophes to confront the nation's most populous county. Since 1984, crack has destroyed one undernourished neighborhood after another, devouring countless souls who have succumbed to its seductively cheap price and powerful high. But the crisis has not been the sole province of junkies, or the exclusive headache of police and bureaucrats.
HEALTH
September 27, 1999
New statistics give legs to a phenomenon seen in American homes and schools everywhere nowadays--twins, triplets and other multiple-birth children are being born at a rapid and unprecedented pace. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, twin births rose 52% (from 68,339 to 104,137) from 1980 to 1997, the most recent year studied. Triplet-or-higher multiple births climbed 404% (from 1,337 to 6,737). Single births rose 6% during the same period.
NEWS
July 7, 1989
High cholesterol afflicts more Americans than previously thought, with an estimated 60 million adults having cholesterol levels so high they should seek treatment, federal researchers said. The new estimate shows high blood cholesterol is a major public health problem and underscores the need for people to get their cholesterol levels checked, the researchers said. In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
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