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.
November 29, 1990 |
More people in the United States died in 1988 than in any one year on record as deaths caused by AIDS, homicide and influenza rose while mortality from heart disease, stroke and cancer declined, a federal study found. In its Final Mortality Statistics, the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics reported 2,167,999 deaths in 1988--44,676 more than the number recorded in 1987, the previous record year for annual deaths.