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Outpatient Visits by Women 9/15/2015

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, of 29.3 million outpatient visits in 2013, women made nearly 60% of visits for acute or chronic problems, and made 23.3% of visits (17.7 million) for preventive care.

Comparison of Prostate and Bladder Cancer Prevalence and Survival 8/18/2015

Prostate cancer and bladder cancer are among the top 10 sites of new cancer cases and deaths in men.

Trends in Mortality From Various Lung Diseases 7/20/2015

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, respiratory diseases in 2010 cost $129.4 billion, of which 24% was an indirect cost of mortality.

Vision Impairment in Adults 6/23/2015

More than 3.4 million (3%) Americans aged 40 years and older are legally blind or visually impaired.

Weight-Control Behaviors in Adolescents 5/15/2015

In 2012, more than 33% of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

Trends Surrounding Pertussis 4/16/2015

The number of pertussis cases has increased since the 1980s, particularly in adolescents and adults; in 2013, more than 28,000 new cases were reported.

Prevalence of Pain and Pain-Reliever Use 3/18/2015

The Institute of Medicine reported that 33% of Americans (116 million) have chronic pain.

Prevalence of Risk-Reduction Strategies for Cardiovascular Disease 2/18/2015

Evidence-based strategies, including the CDC’s Million Hearts initiative, are being used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Prevalence of Different Types of Anxiety 1/21/2015

The National Institutes of Health reports that 61.5 million (1 in 4) U.S. adults have been diagnosed with a mental-health disorder.

Ambulatory Care Visits for Digestive Diseases 12/17/2014

Digestive diseases were the first-listed diagnosis in 69% of the 104 million ambulatory care visits made in 2004, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Nonmedical Psychotherapeutic Drug Use Among Mentally Ill Patients 11/17/2014

In drug-related emergency department visits, nonmedical use of psychotherapeutic drugs involves primarily antidepressants (60%) and antipsychotics (40%).

FDA Review Designations for New Molecular Entities 10/16/2014

The FDA is expanding its efforts to expedite the development and review of promising therapies for serious conditions using fast-track, breakthrough-therapy, accelerated approval, and priority-review designations.

Incidence of Gynecologic Cancers 9/17/2014

According to the CDC, all women are at risk for developing gynecologic cancers, and the probability increases with age.

Ramifications of Kidney Transplantation 8/20/2014

According to the U.S. Renal Data System 2013 annual data report, 500,000 patients are on dialysis and more than 15,000 undergo kidney transplantation annually.

COPD and Asthma Among Medicare Beneficiaries 7/17/2014

Data from 2010 on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma in Medicare beneficiaries were analyzed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Diabetic Foot Complications 6/19/2014

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 60% to 70% of diabetes patients develop peripheral nerve damage.

Key Health Indicators in Children 5/16/2014

Data on key health indicators in children, such as birthweight, breastfeeding, television viewing, smoking, and anemia, were collected by the 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System

Trends in MRSA Prevalence 4/18/2014

One percent of the population carries methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, one of 18 microbes listed by the CDC as being resistant to numerous antibiotics.

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.
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