Q-tip Dangers

  • 263,000: The number of children treated in U.S. emergency departments between 1990 and 2010 for cotton tip applicator-related ear injuries.
  • 34: The number treated each day during that time span.
  • 67%: Percentage of those treated were younger than 8.
  • 77%: The percentage of patients that were handling cotton tip applicators themselves.

Source: “Pediatric Cotton-Tip Applicator-Related Ear Injury Treated in United States Emergency Departments, 1999-2010,” The Journal of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, May 1, 2017


Disparity Between Black, White Death Rates Declining

  • 25%: The percentage of age-adjusted death rate declined for black Americans between 1999 and 2015. 
  • 14%: The rate it declined for white Americans during the same period.
  • 16%: The disparity between black and white all-cause death rates at the end of this time frame.
  • 33%: What the disparity was at the start.

Source: "Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Age-Specific Mortality Among Blacks or African Americans — United States, 1999–2015," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 5, 2017


Hepatitis C on the Rise Due to Opioids

  • 294%: The increase in hepatitis C virus incidence between 2010 and 2015, with injection drug use noted as the primary factor.
  • 2,436: The number of new HCV infections reported by 40 state health departments in 2015.
  • 33,900: The number of HCV infections estimated by the CDC, due to underreporting and other factors that year.
  • 17: The number of states that exceeded the national average of acute HCV incidence in the same year.

Source: “State HCV Incidence and Policies Related to HCV Preventive and Treatment Services for Persons Who Inject Drugs — United States, 2015–2016,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 12, 2017


Skin Diseases Prove Costly

  • $75 billion: Total estimated cost of skin disease in 2013.
  • $46 billion: The portion that was attributed to medical costs, e.g., office visits, procedures, tests.
  • 27%: Percentage of Americans were seen by a physician for skin disease in 2013.
  • 48.5%: Percentage of Americans older than 65 who have skin disease.

Source: “The burden of skin disease in the United States,” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2017