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.
June 7, 1999
National Men's Health Week is next week, June 14-20. But it's not too early to get some of the facts about men and health, courtesy of the National Center for Health Statistics. Most figures are from 1996, except where noted. * Number of office visits to physicians: 300 million. * Number of emergency department visits: 42 million. * Number of surgical procedures performed: 16 million. * Number of hospital outpatient department visits: 26 million. * Number of hospital discharges (inpatient): 12.
June 14, 1999
Chronic sinusitis--persistent or repeated episodes of inflammation of the sinuses--affects millions in the U.S. The result of the ailment is impaired airflow into the sinuses and inadequate drainage of mucus produced by the sinus lining. Allergy, and infection by virus, bacterium or fungus are the culprits behind the inflammation. Here are some other facts about chronic sinusitis (the most recent year for particular figures are in parentheses): * Number of cases reported: 34.9 million (1994).
August 16, 1999
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease--chronic airway obstruction that worsens gradually over time--is a series of illnesses that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Here are other facts about the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States: * In 1996, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 106,027 Americans died because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. * In 1995, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 14.
April 3, 2006 |
CHILDREN grow up so fast. And now they're getting an earlier start on the process. The most common length of pregnancy in the U.S. is now 39 weeks, down from 40, March of Dimes researchers have found. Forty weeks has traditionally been considered the benchmark for a full-term birth. Analyzing data from the National Center for Health Statistics on all live U.S.
March 1, 1999
In 1995, the most recent year for which statistics are available, only two children were afflicted by polio. What else do numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics tell us about child and infant health? * Number of whooping cough cases in 1995, all ages: 5,137 * Infant mortality rate in 1996 (deaths per 1,000 live births): 7.2 * Percentage of babies born at low birth weight (less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces) in 1996: 7.
December 26, 1990 |
Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading killer of middle-aged Americans, researchers reported Tuesday. They reported also that the overall death rate among Americans fell 35.6% between 1950 and 1986. "It is evident that the patterns of . . . mortality in the United States are changing," the Southern Illinois School of Medicine researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.