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  • 26 -- The percent that the price of popular drugs for the elderly increased between 2005 and 2009, according to AARP. That's nearly twice the rate of inflation. Source: "A.M. Vitals: Authorities Identify Drug Distributor With Ties to Fake Avastin," the Wall Street Journal.
  • 5,400,000 -- The estimated number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease. Source: "Report: Yearly Cost of Alzheimer's Tops $200 Billion," CNN.
  • 200,000,000,000 -- The total annual cost, in dollars, of caring for patients in the United States living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, according to the Alzheimer's Association's "2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures" report. Source: "Report: Yearly Cost of Alzheimer's Tops $200 Billion," CNN.
  • 1,100,000,000,000 -- The estimated annual cost, in dollars, of caring for patients in the United States living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in 2050, according to the Alzheimer's Association's "2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures" report. Source: "Report: Yearly Cost of Alzheimer's Tops $200 Billion," CNN.
  • 800,000 -- The estimated number of Alzheimer's patients living alone, according to the Alzheimer's Association's "2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures" report. Source: "Report: Yearly Cost of Alzheimer's Tops $200 Billion," CNN.
  • 17,400,000,000 -- The number of hours of unpaid care that family members and friends of Alzheimer's patients put in every year, according to the Alzheimer's Association's "2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures" report. Source: "Report: Yearly Cost of Alzheimer's Tops $200 Billion," CNN.
  • 16,000,000,000 -- The estimated amount, in dollars, that Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis offered Pfizer for its animal-health unit. The bid was rejected. Source: "A.M. Vitals: Tumor Complexity May Make Tailoring Treatment More Difficult," the Wall Street Journal.
  • 19 -- The percentage of 65- to 74-year-olds who reported having a difficult time paying for medical care, according to a 50,000-person survey from the National Center for Health Statistics. Source: "A.M. Vitals: Tumor Complexity May Make Tailoring Treatment More Difficult," the Wall Street Journal.
  • 2,900,000 -- The amount, in dollars, that parents of a four-year-old Oregon girl with Down syndrome were awarded in a "wrongful birth" lawsuit against Legacy Health System. They argued that they would have terminated the pregnancy had they known. Source: "Parents Get $2.9M in Down Syndrome Girl 'Wrongful Birth' Suit," ABC News.
  • 80 -- The percentage of the world's population living in countries without access to morphine, according to Human Rights Watch, which recently started tackling the issue of global pain. Source: "A World of Pain," CBS News.
  • 222 -- The weight, in ounces, of Jayden Sigler, a healthy baby boy delivered by cesarean section at Tri-City Medical Center. Source: "Woman Gives Birth to Baby Weighing Almost 14 Pounds," Associated Press.
  • 20 -- The maximum number of minutes people should work without getting up and walking around the office to keep glucose and insulin levels down, according to new research from the Diabetes Institute in Melbourne Australia. Source: "Not Taking Work Breaks Can Be Hazardous to Health, Study Reports," CBS News.
  • 22 -- The number of minutes cut off a person's lifespan for every hour of television that they watch after the age of 25. Source: "Not Taking Work Breaks Can Be Hazardous to Health, Study Reports," CBS News.
  • 25,800,000 -- The number of children and adults in the United States affected by diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Source: "Not Taking Work Breaks Can Be Hazardous to Health, Study Reports," CBS News.
  • 79,000,000 -- The number of children and adults in the United States currently in a pre-diabetes state and at high risk of developing the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. Source: "Not Taking Work Breaks Can Be Hazardous to Health, Study Reports," CBS News.
  • 49,000 -- The number of jobs added to the health-care industry in February, following a revised increase of 43,300 in January. Source: "Health-Care Sector Added 49,000 Jobs in February," the Wall Street Journal.
  • 15,400 -- The number of new jobs added to hospitals in February. Source: "Health-Care Sector Added 49,000 Jobs in February," the Wall Street Journal.
  • 80 -- The percent that suicide rates among U.S. Army personnel increased between 2004 and 2008, according to a report published in Injury Prevention. Source: "Study: Suicide Rate Among Army Soldiers Up 80 Percent," CBS News.
  • 255 -- The number of U.S. soldiers who committed suicide between 2007 and 2008, according to a report published in Injury Prevention. Source: "Study: Suicide Rate Among Army Soldiers Up 80 Percent," CBS News.
  • 7 -- The approximate percentage of the U.S. population who will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives, according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Source: "Study: Suicide Rate Among Army Soldiers Up 80 Percent," CBS News.
  • 10,000 -- The number of records containing personal information that James Jeffery, 27, stole from the website of Britain's biggest abortion provider. Source: "Hacker Stole Records of 10,000 Women From Abortion Provider," The Telegraph.
  • 25,000,000,000 -- The amount, in dollars, of a groundbreaking trial currently underway in Montreal against three of the biggest tobacco companies, which face allegations of failing to adequately provide warnings to smokers on the dangers of cigarettes. Source: "Trial Against Big Tobacco Starts in Montreal Monday," AFP.
  • 7,000,000 -- The number of pounds of "Lean Beef Trimmings" that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reportedly buying for school lunch programs. Many refer to the product, which is the result of a chemical treatment to remove bacteria from meat, as pink slime. Source: "Report: USDA School Lunch Meat Contains 'Pink Slime,'" CBS News.
  • 3 -- The number of pennies saved on the cost of a pound of ground beef by making up to 15 percent of each serving with pink slime or "Lean Beef Trimmings." Source: "Report: USDA School Lunch Meat Contains 'Pink Slime,'" CBS News.
  • 3,600,000 -- The number of teenagers and children in the United States that smoke, according to a new report from the surgeon general. Source: "Surgeon General: Nearly 4 Million U.S. Kids Still Smoke," HealthDay News.
  • 75 -- The percentage of teenage smokers who will continue to smoke into adulthood, according to a new report from the surgeon general. Source: "Surgeon General: Nearly 4 Million U.S. Kids Still Smoke," HealthDay News.
  • 27,000,000 -- The amount, in dollars, that tobacco companies spend every day to market and promote their products. Source: "Surgeon General: Nearly 4 Million U.S. Kids Still Smoke," HealthDay News.
  • 1,200 -- The estimated number of Americans who are killed every day by tobacco-related illnesses. Source: "Surgeon General: Nearly 4 Million U.S. Kids Still Smoke," HealthDay News.

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