NCHS: A Blog of the National Center for Health Statistics

New Detailed Race and Ethnicity Data Query System

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NCHS has released a new interactive data query system that allows users to search for data on adults about selected health topics by detailed race and ethnicity groups and subgroups in the United States. The new system provides estimates as three-year averages based on 2019-2021 final data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The three-year averages Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Persons Who Used Telemedicine During the Past 12 Months, by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, approximately one third (32.8%) of persons of all ages had a telemedicine appointment with a doctor, nurse, or other health professional during the past 12 months. The percentage with a telemedicine appointment increased with age, from 17.2% among children aged <10 years to 45.5% among adults aged 70–79 years, and then decreased to Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged 18 Years or Older With Arthritis, by Sex and Race and Hispanic Origin — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, among adults aged 18 years or older, women were more likely to have arthritis than men (21.0% versus 16.2%). This pattern was consistent among non-Hispanic White (White) (22.2% versus 17.7%), non-Hispanic Black or African American (Black) (24.6% versus 13.9%), and Hispanic or Latino (17.7% versus 12.4%) adults. Among non-Hispanic Asian (Asian) adults, the Read More >

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More Than a Quarter of U.S. Adults and Children Have at Least One Allergy

  Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults and more than 1 in 4 U.S. children reported having a seasonal allergy, eczema, or food allergy in 2021, according to new data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Almost 6% of U.S. adults and children have a food allergy, with Black, Non-Hispanic adults, and children being Read More >

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QuickStats: Birth Rates for Females Aged 15–19 Years, by Age Group — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1991–2021

The birth rate for females aged 15–19 years declined from a 1991 peak of 61.8 per 1,000 females to a record low of 13.9 in 2021. From 1991 to 2021, the rate for females aged 15–17 years declined from 38.6 to 5.6 and from 94.0 to 26.6 for those aged 18–19 years. Most of the Read More >

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Latest Report on the Nation’s Health Focuses on Pre-pandemic Health Disparities

The first Health, United States: Annual Perspective, released on January 19, tracks trends in health disparities across the nation. This shorter, health equity-focused report is part of a new direction for the 47-year-old Health, United States program. Together with the new Health, United States website, launched in August 2022, the Annual Perspective reflects a continued Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18 Years or Older Who Have Ever Had Hepatitis, by Age Group and Sex — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, 1.6% of adults aged 18 years or older reported having ever had hepatitis. The prevalence of hepatitis was lowest among adults aged 18–44 years (0.6%) and highest among adults aged ≥65 years (2.7%). Prevalence increased with age for both men and women. The percentage of adults who ever had hepatitis was higher in Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Mothers with Gestational Diabetes, by Maternal Age — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2016 and 2021

The percentage of mothers giving birth who received a diagnosis of diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) increased from 6.0% in 2016 to 8.3% in 2021. Increases in gestational diabetes were seen in each maternal age group, and rates rose steadily with maternal age; in 2021, the rate for mothers aged ≥40 years (15.6%) was nearly Read More >

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PODCAST: Data Modernization Initiative & NCHS Updates

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https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/podcasts/2022/202221222/20221222.htm HOST: The CDC Data Modernization Initiative, or DMI, is a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar effort to modernize data across the federal and state public health landscape. The ultimate goal of DMI is to get better, faster, actionable insights for decision-making at all levels of public health. NCHS is fully engaged in this initiative.  One major activity Read More >

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New Report Confirms U.S. Life Expectancy has Declined to Lowest Level Since 1996

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U.S. Life Expectancy decreased in 2021 for the second consecutive year, according to final mortality data released today. The drop was primarily due to increases in COVID-19 and drug overdose deaths.  The data are featured in two new reports from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). “Mortality in the United States: 2021” features the Read More >

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QuickStats: Birth Rates for Females Aged 15–19 Years, by State — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021

In 2021, the U.S. birth rate for females aged 15–19 years was 13.9 births per 1,000 persons, with rates generally lower in the Northeast and higher across the southern states. Birth rates among females aged 15–19 years ranged from 5.4 in New Hampshire, 5.7 in Massachusetts, and 6.4 in Vermont to 26.5 in Arkansas and Read More >

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CDC Extends Tool to Monitor Severe Obesity Among Children and Adolescents

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CDC has added to its BMI-for-age growth charts to enable consistent, meaningful tracking of growth in the nearly one in five U.S. children and adolescents who have obesity. The percentage of children and adolescents with severe obesity has nearly quadrupled over the last five decades, from 1% in the early 1970s to 6.1% in 2017-18. Read More >

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More Than 3,500 Americans Have Died from Long COVID-Related Illness in the First 30 Months of the Pandemic

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Death certificate analysis shows that long COVID played a part in 3,544 deaths in the United States from January 2020 through the end of June 2022. Long COVID deaths represented less than 1% of the 1,021,487 deaths for which COVID-19 was the underlying or contributing cause of death in that period. These findings are included Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Office-Based Physicians Using Telemedicine Technology, by Specialty — United States, 2019 and 2021

From 2019 to 2021, the use of telemedicine technology increased for office-based physicians from 15.4% to 85.9%. In both 2019 and 2021, the use of telemedicine technology was higher among primary care physicians and medical specialty physicians than it was among surgical specialty physicians. In 2021, 91.4% of primary care physicians, 87.2% of medical specialty Read More >

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Twin Births Declined 7% During First Year of the Pandemic

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Following an average annual decline of 2% from 2014 to 2019, the number of twin births fell by 7% from 2019 to 2020 and increased by 2% from 2020 to 2021.  The data is featured in a new report released today by  CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The report “Changes in Twin Births Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Living in Families That Were Food-Insecure in the Past 30 Days by Family Income and Urbanicity — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, 5.9% of adults aged ≥18 years lived in families that were food-insecure in the past 30 days. The percentage was higher in urban areas (6.2%) compared with rural areas (4.6%) overall and within households earning 100%–199% of FPL (13.5% versus 8.9%) and ≥200% of FPL (2.4% versus 1.4%). For adults living in families Read More >

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PODCAST – HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020: PROGRESS TOWARDS ELIMINATING RACIAL & ETHNIC HEALTH DISPARITIES

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https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/podcasts/2022/20221130/20221130.htm HOST: The Healthy People initiative was launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over 40 years ago.  Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year targets for public health objectives for the U.S. population. As in the preceding two decades, Healthy People 2020, or HP2020, included an overarching goal related to health disparities. On Read More >

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Drug & Alcohol Deaths on the Rise Among Older Americans

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Drug and alcohol abuse have impacted seniors in the United States as it has among younger Americans. Over 5,000 people ages 65 and over in the U.S. died of a drug overdose in 2020, and more than twice that many (11,616) died of alcohol-induced causes. The data are featured in two new reports released today Read More >

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Q & A from Author of Awareness of the MyPlate Plan: United States, 2017–March 2020

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Questions for Edwina Wambogo, Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Awareness of the MyPlate Plan: United States, 2017–March 2020.” Q: Can you describe what the MyPlate plan is? EW: The United States Department of Agriculture developed MyPlate in 2011 as the primary education tool to communicate recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPlate is Read More >

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QuickStats: Drug Overdose Death Rates Among Persons Aged ≥15 Years, by Age Group and Urban-Rural Status — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2020

During 2020, death rates for drug overdose causes were higher in urban areas than in rural areas for those aged 15–24 years (17.2 compared with 13.3), 45–64 years (43.4 compared with 33.5), and ≥65 years (10.0 compared with 6.2). Among adults aged 25–44, drug overdose death rates were not significantly different between urban and rural Read More >

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QuickStats: Death Rates for Drug Overdose Among Persons Aged 25–44 Years, by Race and Ethnicity— United States, 2000–2020

From 2000 to 2013, the rate for drug overdose death increased for non-Hispanic White (White) persons aged 25–44 years but was stable for non-Hispanic Black (Black) and Hispanic persons in this age group. From 2013 to 2020, rates increased for all groups, from 30.2 to 63.8 per 100,000 population for White persons, from 12.0 to Read More >

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Home Births in the U.S. Increase to Highest Level in 30 Years

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Home births in the United States rose 12% from 2020 to 2021, and reached the highest level since at least 1990. These findings are included in a new report to be released by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The report “Changes in Home Births by Race and Hispanic Origin and State of Residence Read More >

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NCHS Releases Two New Suicide Reports

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NCHS releases two new reports that look at suicide death rates in the United States. Suicide Rates for the Three Leading Methods by Race and Ethnicity: United States, 2000–2020 Description: This report presents suicide rates from 2000 to 2020 using final data for non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, and Hispanic people, for the total population and Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥45 Years Who Have Ever Had Lung Cancer by Education Level — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, 3.2% of adults aged ≥45 years had ever been told they had lung cancer. The prevalence of lung cancer among adults aged ≥45 years was highest for those with less than a high school education (8.6%). The percentage of adults who had ever had lung cancer decreased with increasing education level, with the Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates of Alcohol-Induced Deaths by Urban-Rural Status — United States, 2000–2020

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The age-adjusted rate of alcohol-induced deaths in 2020 was 13.1 per 100,000 standard population. From 2000 to 2020, the rate increased in both urban and rural counties: from 7.1 to 12.7 in urban counties and from 7.0 to 15.8 in rural counties. From 2019 to 2020, the rate increased by 26% for urban counties and 30% for rural counties, which Read More >

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