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The latest facts and figures from the all of the most influential medical journals; newspapers; and health, fitness, and wellness websites.

  • 74.2 -- The percentage of U.S. women ages 50 to 74 who followed the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation to get a mammogram every two years in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Source: "Cancer Screening in U.S. Lags Goals, Ethnic Disparities Revealed," the Los Angeles Times.
  • 11 -- The percentage of orange juice and orange juice concentrate imports detained by the Food and Drug Administration since it started testing for fungicide earlier this month. Source: "FDA Detains Orange Juice Shipments Over Fungicide Concerns," CBS.
  • 15 -- The number of years that a British teenager ate "practically nothing" but chicken nuggets before being hospitalized last week after collapsing at work. Source: "British Teen Stacey Irvine Hospitalized After Eating Nothing but Chicken Nuggets for 15 Years," CBS.
  • 83 -- The percentage of women in the U.S. who followed the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for cervical cancer screening in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The target was 93 percent. Source: "Cancer Screening in U.S. Lags Goals, Ethnic Disparities Revealed," the Los Angeles Times.
  • 7 -- The percentage of teenagers and adults in the United States aged 14 to 69 that have oral HPV infections, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Source: "Health News Roundup," the Washington Post.
  • 0.70 -- The percentage of births in the United States in 2009 that took place in the home. That adds up to about 29,650. Source: "Health News Roundup," the Washington Post.
  • 58.6 -- The percentage of people in the U.S. who followed the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for colorectal cancer screening in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The target was 70.5 percent. Source: "Cancer Screening in U.S. Lags Goals, Ethnic Disparities Revealed," the Los Angeles Times.
  • 3.9 -- The number of non-traumatic limb amputations in 2008 among those with diabetes per 1,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Source: "Lower-Limb Amputations Have Declined Among Diabetics," the Los Angeles Times.
  • 750,000,000 -- The amount, in dollars, pledged by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Source: "A.M. Vitals: WellPoint to Increase Primary-Care Reimbursement," the Wall Street Journal.
  • 93 -- The probability that a normal-weight doctor will record an obesity diagnosis for patients who are actually obese, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. That number drops to just seven percent for overweight or obese doctors. Source: "Are You Obese? Might Depend on Whether Your Doctor Is, Too," the Los Angeles Times.
  • 17,100,000 -- The approximate number of people living with diabetes in the U.S. Source: "Lower-Limb Amputations Have Declined Among Diabetics," the Los Angeles Times.
  • 18 -- The percentage of black Americans who reported emotional and physical distress caused by discriminatory treatment, according to an analysis of 2004 data collected by the U.S. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Source: "Discrimination Seems to Harm Health Regardless of Race," iVillage.
  • 4 -- The percentage of white Americans who reported emotional and physical distress caused by discriminatory treatment, according to an analysis of 2004 data collected by the U.S. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Source: "Discrimination Seems to Harm Health Regardless of Race," iVillage.
  • 16 -- The percentage of students surveyed at a Texas university who admitted to having played the choking game, which involved deliberately cutting off the flow of blood to the brain in order to achieve a high. Source: "Students Report Playing Dangerous 'Choking Game,'" HealthDay News.
  • 9.4 -- The percentage of Americans between the ages of 50 and 59 who reported using a drug other than marijuana sometime in the past year, according to research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Source: "'Dabbling' in Hard Drugs in Middle Age Linked to Increased Risk of Death," ScienceDaily.
  • 7 -- The percentage of Americans between the ages of 35 and 49 who reported using a drug other than marijuana sometime in the past year, according to research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Source: "'Dabbling' in Hard Drugs in Middle Age Linked to Increased Risk of Death," ScienceDaily.
  • 26 -- The number of patients at a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts and alcoholics in Peru who died in a fire started by two patients who were hoping to escape. Source: "Fire Kills 26 Patients at Rehab Center in Peru," Reuters.
  • 13 -- The percentage of the population believed to be living with depressive personality traits. Source: "Hope for Those With a Depressive Disposition," ScienceDaily.
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