Jul
28
2014
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What are some global statistics about death?

Yeah, it happens.You may not go gentle into that good night, but go you shall. We all do, eventually. Death is the inevitable end game of life. But how we go is a different matter entirely, as there are thousands of ways to die. Here’s what the statisticians at the World Health Organization, the CIA and elsewhere [&hel[more...]

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Mar
17
2014
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What are some statistics on the number of registered nurses in the United States?

Nurses of the Elliot City Hospital (photo from Keene Public Library - NKCR)How many registered nurses are there in the United States? According to the American Nurses Association, they are 3.1 million licensed registered nurses (RNs) in the U.S. (1) The latest data from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014-15, states that registered nurses held 2,711,500 jobs in 2012. (2) Where do they work? Hospitals; state, local, [&hel[more...]

Sep
16
2012
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How many Tuberculosis (TB) cases and deaths are reported in the U.S. and worldwide each year?

Global Burden of TuberculosisAccording to the CDC, 11,182 cases of Tuberculosis were reported in the U.S. in 2010. Previous years Year      Number of cases 2000                      16,309 2001                      15,945 2002                      15,055 2003                      14,835 2004                      14,499 2005                      14,068 2006                      13,732 2007                      13,286 2008                      12,905 2009                      11,537 2010                      11,182   (1) [&hel[more...]

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Apr
12
2012
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What are some statistics on the number of veterinarians in the United States?

Cat at vetHow many veterinarians are there in the United States? According to the latest data from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook  2012-13, veterinarians held 61,400 jobs in 2010. Eighty-one percent of veterinarians work in the veterinary services industry and 9 percent are self employed. Previous Years Year      Number of Jobs 2008      59,700 (2) 2006      62,000 (3) [&hel[more...]

Feb
11
2012
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When did the first air ambulance service start in the UK?

london_air_ambulanceHelicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) were introduced in 1987. The first operationally was the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust founded in April of that year. HEMS with their helicopters aim to provide a swift response to 999 emergency calls, bringing hospital resuscitating theatre techniques to the patient, stabilising them, and getting them quickly off to hospital. [&hel[more...]

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Jan
31
2012
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What is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the United States?

scalpelsAccording to the ASPS 2010 plastic surgery statistics report, the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed in 2010 was breast augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty). 1,555,614 cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2010 and 296,203 of these procedures were for breast augmentation. Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical Procedures Procedure                             Number Breast augmentation               [&hel[more...]

Jul
22
2011
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How many people have diabetes in the U.S. and worldwide?

Diabetes in the United StatesUnited States According to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2011, diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the U.S. Total Prevalence of Diabetes in the United States, All Ages, 2010 Total: 25.8 million people – 8.3% percent of the U.S. population has diabetes. Diagnosed diabetes: 18.8 million people Undiagnosed diabetes: 7.0 million people Men 13  million [&hel[more...]

Nov
03
2010
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What are some statistics on the number of dentists in the United States?

At the DentistHow many dentists are there in the United States? According to the latest data from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11, dentists held about 141,900 jobs in 2008 Dentists, general 120,200 Orthodontists 7,700 Oral and maxillofacial surgeons 6,700 Prosthodontists 500 Dentists, all other specialists 6,900 (1) Approximately 15 percent of all dentists were specialists. About [&hel[more...]

Jul
21
2010
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Who or what were Glaxo Smith Kline?

glaxosmithkline officesGlaxoSmithKline plc is one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world with a global market share of at least seven per cent. The company’s headquarters is in the UK with subsidiaries throughout the world. The company conducts research into medicines and vaccines to deal with the major threats of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. It [&hel[more...]

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Jul
04
2010
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Which foods are definitely (probably) healthy?

healthy-breakfastSome foods are regarded as “healthy” one year and “unhealthy” the next year, or the other way around. Sometimes this is due to food fashion, but sometimes (as in the case of eggs) it’s due to our increased understanding of nutrition. Here are some foods that are probably definitely healthy. Tomatoes An anti-oxidant called lycopene [&hel[more...]

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Sep
28
2009
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What is it like to have a tooth extracted?

Image by wakefielddavid - CC-BYWhen a dentist removes a tooth, he or she generally administers a local anaesthetic then pulls the tooth out mechanically. Some practices may offer a general anaesthetic so that the whole procedure can be carried out while you are “asleep”, but in most countries this is uncommon because of the possible side-effects of the anaesthesia [&hel[more...]

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Jul
15
2009
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Why should I try Kangoo Jumps?

My new Kangoo Jumps (photo by umiat - CC- BY)Imagine jumping around on two little trampolines attached to a pair of lightweight buckle boots and you can begin to feel the freedom experienced by Kangoo Jumps enthusiasts! Kangoo Jumps provide low impact, rebounding fun to both adults and children and can be used on a variety of different surfaces both indoors and outside. At [&hel[more...]

Jul
11
2009
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Is dark chocolate good for you?

The Word Lust, Chocolate-coatedLust, Chocolate-coated – Photographic Print Stiepel, Kai – Buy at AllPosters.com Yes, dark chocolate is good for you, but with a few reservations. The good news is that regular consumption of dark chocolate can decrease blood pressure and probably reduces the risk of heart disease, primarily due to the flavinols the chocolate contains. The reservations [&hel[more...]

Jun
26
2009
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How can I visit an African game reserve without the risk of malaria?

Warning - Objects in mirror are larger than they appear! (photo by exfordy - CC-BY)Many people yearn to see large African animals in the wild—and many African countries have game reserves where elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes and lions roam free. But there’s a catch—how to avoid the risk of contracting malaria? Malaria is a dangeous and sometimes life-threatening disease. The cause of the disease is a parasite of the [&hel[more...]

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Jun
07
2009
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Is a bilberry different from a blueberry, or a whortleberry, or a wimberry?

Bilberries - tiny - but a big choice of names (Photo by mwri - CC-BY)Bilberries grow wild in Europe. Blueberries look similar but bigger, and are native to North America. That’s the short answer, but the longer truth is that there are quite a few different varieties – all cousins related to one another. It’s usual to call dark blue members of the European branch of the family bilberries, [&hel[more...]

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Jun
02
2009
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What are some natural remedies for morning sickness during pregnancy?

Tazo green ginger (Photo by edkohler - CC-BY)You are happy, ecstatic, and over the top with your new pregnancy. Then come those dreaded waves of nausea that can put a damper on the happiest of times – morning sickness! And you quickly discover that it doesn’t necessarily happen only in the morning. What can you do? Fortunately,  for most women, morning sickness [&hel[more...]

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May
06
2009
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What are the differences between the stomach flu and respiratory flu?

Police in Mexico City in April 2009 during the influenza epidemic.Although the stomach or gastric flu — a usually brief illness marked by digestive distress, diarrhea and similar symptoms — and the respiratory flu share part of a name, they aren’t the same illness, and they aren’t caused by the same kind of germ. While their names suggest they are related, they are not. What [&hel[more...]

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Apr
28
2009
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What is the difference between bird flu and swine flu?

In April 2009, residents of Mexico City began wearing face masks and even respiratory filters to keep from contracting a swine flu.You may remember that a few years ago there was much attention given to the bird or avian flu — it was seen a potential source of a worldwide pandemic. But now the pandemic threat isn’t a bird flu, but a swine flu. So the question naturally arises: What is the difference between them? The [&hel[more...]

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Apr
27
2009
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Which companies produce the drugs used to treat swine flu in humans?

Tamiflu capsules (photo by François Rejeté CC-BY)The two drugs which have been stock-piled by governments across the world in preparation for a possible flu pandemic are known by their trade names Relenza and Tamiflu, and it is indeed those which are being recommended for the current swine influenza breakout. The World Health Organisation is reporting that “national and the local authorities [&hel[more...]

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Apr
27
2009
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How can I avoid catching or transmitting swine flu?

Photo by drusbi - CC-BYThe transmission of influenza such as swine flu can be greatly reduced by taking certain precautions: Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Use soap and warm water, or an alcohol-based sanitizer. Tip: many people don’t wash their thumbs properly! Be fastidious about covering your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze. If you use [&hel[more...]

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