January 14, 2009 |
Rates of the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia are climbing in the U.S., and rates of syphilis -- once on the verge of elimination -- rose for the seventh consecutive year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday in its annual report on STDs. Gonorrhea rates did not increase, but they ceased falling a few years ago, frustrating goals set by public health leaders. Chlamydia infections in the United States now top 1.
January 11, 2013 |
It would be silly to try to reduce the American character -- if there even is such a thing -- to a single graph. But the one pictured above, taken from a report released Wednesday by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, does a pretty good job conveying the truth behind one of the developed world's favorite stereotypes of the United States. We are, indeed, far more prone to lethal violence than any other country in the developed world. Why? The report wasn't designed to answer that particular question.
December 14, 1998
The facts and figures on flu in America, according to the most recent statistics (1994): * Number of deaths annually: 607 (1996) * Number of cases reported annually: 90.4 million * Number of cases per 100 people: 35 * Number of restricted-activity days due to flu: 315.4 million * Number of bed days due to flu: 170 million * Number of work-loss days due to flu: 69.3 million. Source: National Center for Health Statistics
August 21, 1988 |
Nearly one-quarter of California hospitals with more than 100 deliveries had Caesarean birth rates of 30% or more in 1986--nearly double the 15% to 20% range that many leading obstetricians consider desirable, according to a Times analysis of data covering nearly all births in the state. Such "runaway" Caesarean section rates are a "major crisis" and "represent an enormous drain on our private and public health care budgets," said Dr. John T.
December 18, 1994 |
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.
May 23, 1995 |
When ballet dancer Alexander Godunov was found dead last week in West Hollywood and his physician attributed death to natural causes, many people wondered: Isn't 45 much too young to succumb naturally? The scary truth is, you're never too young to die a natural death, according to pathologists, coroners and other health professionals. People "can die of natural causes at any age," says Scott Carrier, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
September 14, 2008 |
Health authorities have detected the emergence of a rare but deadly lung-destroying form of pneumonia, sparked by the combination of a skin infection and the common flu. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 22 deaths among children last year from the dual infection. Numbers from the 2007-2008 flu season won't be released until next month, but officials say deaths have increased. The CDC has just begun tracking cases among all age groups. The number of fatalities, though low, is a sharp increase from previous years, and infectious disease experts worry that an ongoing epidemic of skin infections could drive the numbers higher.
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April 11, 2007 |
Crystal meth use among gay men has spiked since 2005, according to preliminary data collected by a Los Angeles nonprofit agency, with those using the drug in the last year five times more likely to test positive for HIV. Of the 6,360 gay men the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center tested for HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases last year, one in four reported using the drug at least once.
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).