Vital Signs: Egg Recall; Overweight Pets; the Health of Football Players

By Nicholas Jackson

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

  • 2,100,000,000 -- The amount of money, in dollars, that senior citizens saved on prescription drugs in 2011 because of the health care overhaul law, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Source: "Obama Says Seniors Have Saved on Medicare 'Doughnut Hole,'" the Wall Street Journal.
  • 68 -- The number of people, in 10 states, that were sickened by a salmonella outbreak in October 2011 that was only recently tied to Taco Bell. No deaths were reported. Source: "Taco Bell Tied to 2011 Salmonella Outbreak That Sickened 68: Report," CBS.
  • 400,000 -- The amount, in dollars, of donations made to Planned Parenthood in the 24 hours after news broke that Susan G. Komen for the Cure was cutting funding. Source: "Planned Parenthood Received Flood of Support After Funding Cut by Komen," CBS.
  • 6,000 -- The number of donations made to Planned Parenthood in the 24 hours after news broke that Susan G. Komen for the Cure was cutting funding. Source: "Planned Parenthood Received Flood of Support After Funding Cut by Komen," CBS.
  • 80 -- The percentage of 50 to 90 year olds that are sexually activity, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal. Source: "Sexual Activity and STD Rate Up Among Seniors," CNN.
  • 75 -- The percentage of Americans who admitted to using their cell phones while in the bathroom during a recent survey. Source: "Survey: 75 Percent of Americans Admit to Using Phone While in Bathroom," CBS.
  • 19 -- The percentage of Americans who have dropped their phones in the toilet. Source: "Survey: 75 Percent of Americans Admit to Using Phone While in Bathroom," CBS.
  • 6 -- The number of organ transplants that 9-year-old Alannah Shevenell received recently. She received a new stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, spleen, and part of an esophagus. Source: "Maine Girl Home After 6-Organ Transplant," CBS.
  • 50 -- The percent chance that Shevenell's parents were told their daughter had of surviving the 6-organ transplant procedure. She returned home just last week. Source: "Maine Girl Home After 6-Organ Transplant," CBS.
  • 28 -- The percentage of football players born over the last century who qualified as obese that died before they reached their 50th birthday. Source: "Health Tips for Football Fans and Players," CNN.
  • 19 -- The percentage of now-dead football players born since 1955 who dies due to a suicide or homicide. Source: "Health Tips for Football Fans and Players," CNN.
  • 35 -- The percentage of retired NFL players who scored poorly enough on an Alzheimer's test to indicate dementia in a study conducted at Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine in 2011. Source: "Health Tips for Football Fans and Players," CNN.
  • 30,900 -- The number of jobs added to the health care sector in January, which followed a revised increase of 17,600 jobs in the previous month. Source: "Health-Care Sector Added 30,900 Jobs Last Month," the Wall Street Journal.
  • 35 -- The number of people sickened after consuming raw milk from a dairy in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The farm has since voluntarily suspended raw milk production. Source: "Raw Milk From Pa. Farm Causes 35 to Fall Ill," CBS.
  • 11 -- The age at which males should start receiving the HPV vaccine, according to new guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is now calling for all males between that age and 21 to get vaccinated. Source: "HPV Vaccine Now Recommended for All Boys, CDC Says," CBS.
  • 34 -- The number of states in which Michael Foods, a Minnesota-based food company, has issued a recall for more than one million hard-cooked eggs distributed in pails of brine. Source: "Egg Recall in 34 States Over Listeria Concerns: Full Details," CBS.
  • 1,240,000 -- The number of deaths from malaria worldwide in 2010, according to a new study published in the journal the Lancet. That number is nearly twice what the World Health Organization estimated. Source: "Malaria Kills More People Worldwide Than Once Thought, Study Says," the Los Angeles Times.
  • 26,000,000 -- The estimated number of Americans living with diabetes, mostly type 2. Source: "Diabetes Takes Toll on Women's Hearing: Study," HealthDay News.
  • 53 -- The percentage of adult dogs in United States homes that are classified as overweight or obese, according to a new study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Source: "Obesity Epidemic Strikes U.S. Pets," CNN.
  • 55 -- The percentage of adult cats in United States homes that are classified as overweight or obese, according to a new study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Source: "Obesity Epidemic Strikes U.S. Pets," CNN.
  • 16,000,000 -- The number of Chinese women currently married to gay men due to cultural pressure, according to a controversial new report. Source: "Report: Ninety Percent of Chinese Gay Men Marry 'Suffering' Women," Jezebel.
  • 8.5 -- The percentage of non-incarcerated adults in the United States who have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI). About two percent of the population is currently suffering from a disability of some sort because of their injury. Source: "Brain Injury 7 Times Greater Among U.S. Prisoners," Scientific American.
  • 60 -- The percentage of incarcerated adults in the United States who have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Source: "Brain Injury 7 Times Greater Among U.S. Prisoners," Scientific American.

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