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December 16, 2007

80.1 Life expectancy, in years, at birth for US females.

74.8 Life expectancy, in years, at birth for US males.

56 Percentage of US adults 65 and older who visited a dentist in the past year.

83 Percentage of all US adults who had contact with a healthcare professional in the past year.

1 Rank of lung and bronchus cancer as the most common cause of cancer deaths for Massachusetts residents.

25 Number of state residents who die each day from smoking-related causes.

17.5 Percentage of US children aged 6 to 11 who are overweight.

$41,647 Annual tuition and fees at Harvard Medical School.

$59,181 Annual tuition and fees at Tufts School of Dental Medicine.

10 Percentage of annual US health expenditures for prescription drugs.

45 Percentage of expenditures using public funds.

534,000 Number of knee replacements done annually in the US.

235,000 Number of hip replacements done annually in the US.

575,000 Number of hysterectomies done annually in the US.

44.9 million Number of inpatient hospital procedures done per year in the US.

4.8 Average length of stay in days.

66 Percentage of US adults 20 and older who are overweight.

29 Percentage with high blood pressure.

Sources for all statistics: National Center for Health Statistics, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts School of Dental Medicine.

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