Record Number of Transplants
33,606: Number of organ transplants performed in the U.S. in 2016
8.5%: Increase over 2015
19.8%: Increase since 2012
Source: United Network for Organ Sharing, January 2017
Sex and Older Americans
Men ages 57 to 85 who engage in sexual activities once a week or more have twice the risk of cardiovascular conditions, including heart attack and stroke, compared with men in that age group who have less sexual activity, Michigan State University researchers found.
However, for women, active sex lives reduced their chances of developing high blood pressure, which lessened their risk of heart problems.
Source: Michigan State University, September 2016
Flu Shots Are Effective
For the 2015–16 flu season, vaccinations prevented:
71,000 flu-associated hospitalizations
2.5 million flu-associated medical visits
5.1 million flu-associated illnesses
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, December 2016
Even 1 Cigarette a Day Is Risky
People who smoke an average of fewer than 1 cigarette a day over their lifetimes have a 64% higher risk of early death than people who never smoke. People who smoke between 1 and 10 cigarettes a day have an 87% higher risk.
Source: National Cancer Institute study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Dec. 5, 2016