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January 30, 2003

Statistics on the Nation's Health

I stumbled into the National Center for Health Statistics site today after having a speculative conversation about suicide rates. I find these stats really interesting to peruse. The fast stats makes it easy to browse through various types of health statistics.

To highlight a few:
- there are nearly 62 million cases of the common cold annually
- 1,665 people die from the flu each year
- 2.1 million annual visits for schizophrenic disorders
- in 1965, 42% of the population smoked, in 2000 it was down to 23%
- 4.2 million visits to the emergency room from work-related visits in 2000

Are we a healthy country? I'd speculate there are much healthier . . . but haven't stumbled into a Worldwide Center for Health Statistics site.

Posted by mike at January 30, 2003 9:56 PM