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Prescription Pain Medication Overdoses in the United States 3/19/2014

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, a public-health surveillance system, 49% of the 5.1 million drug-related emergency room visits made in 2011 were attributed to pharmaceutical misuse or abuse and illicit drugs.

Cardiac Procedures During Short-Stay Hospitalization 2/19/2014

Medical devices represent a relatively small share of national health care dollars.

Spasticity as a Comorbid Neurologic Condition 1/22/2014

Spasticity may occur to some degree in most people secondary to a disorder or trauma, such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, or multiple sclerosis.

Effects of Digestive Disorders 12/18/2013

In 2010, 70 million people with digestive disorders made 104.7 million visits to healthcare providers in ambulatory care settings.

Mental Disorders Among Children 11/15/2013

Annually, according to CDC data, 13% to 20% of children aged 12 to 17 years develop a mental disorder.

Trends in Drug Shortages 10/18/2013

The FDA, drug manufacturers, and the supply chain work together to achieve availability of drugs when they are needed.

Women’s Use of Prescription Drugs 9/18/2013

CDC data indicate that, compared with 2010, fewer women in 2011 utilized prescription drugs.

Kidney Disease Prevalence Trends 8/20/2013

The National Health Interview Survey noted that 2% of individuals aged 18 years and older were diagnosed with kidney disease in 2011.

Prevalence Trends for Asthma and Asthma Attacks 7/17/2013

Among noninstitutionalized adults, 18.9 million (8.2%, or 1 in 12) experienced asthma in 2009, as did 7.1 million (9.5%, or 1 in 11) children.

Incidence and Mortality Rates of Cancers Affecting the Skin 6/21/2013

The Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Cancer Statistics Review estimated that 15% of patients would die from skin cancer in 2012.

Overweight, Obesity, and Anemia Among Children 5/21/2013

Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System data provide insights into overweight, obesity, and anemia as health indicators in children.

Prevalence of Health Care–Associated Infections 4/19/2013

Ten percent of hospitalized patients in the U.S. develop a hospital-associated infection.

Nonmedical Use of Pain Relievers 3/20/2013

The number of emergency department visits linked to nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers nearly doubled between 2004 and 2009.

Consequences of Cardiovascular Diseases 2/20/2013

According to a CDC report, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease, and 49% of adults have at least one of these three risk factors.

Autism Spectrum Disorders 1/23/2013

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), a range of complex neurodevelopmental disabilities, are characterized by social impairment and communication difficulties that are apparent in young children.

Care-Seeking Trends for Digestive Disorders 12/19/2012

Digestive disorders affected 60 to 70 million Americans in 2009, resulting in 13.5 million hospitalizations and almost 105 million ambulatory-care visits.

Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders in Adults 11/20/2012

In 2009, U.S. adults experienced an average of 3.5 mentally unhealthy days during the previous 30 days.

Bone Health in Adults 10/19/2012

The surgeon general’s report states that, by 2020, half of all Americans aged ≥50 years will have weak bones unless they change their diet and lifestyle.

Fertility Trends Among Women 9/19/2012

The mean number of births per mother drops significantly with increasing age.

Influenza and Pneumonia Immunization Trends 8/21/2012

Vaccination of individuals who are at risk for complications from influenza and invasive pneumococcal disease is a vital public health strategy.
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