Category: chronic disease

Second Round of Health Data Released by NCHS Rapid Surveys System

CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has released the second round of survey data from the Rapid Surveys System. This survey includes topics such as: ADHD Chronic Pain Contraception Use Fit Testing of Hearing Protection Devices Illegal Drugs and Naloxone (Narcan) Awareness Online Connectedness Swimming Technology-facilitated Sexual Violence Topics included in Rapid Surveys will vary Read More >

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QuickStats: Distribution of Emergency Department Visits Made by Adults, by Age and Number of Chronic Conditions — United States, 2017–2019

During 2017–2019, 38.5% of adult emergency department visits were made by patients with no chronic conditions, 22.9% made by those with one, 15.3% made by those with two, and 23.3% made by those with three or more chronic conditions. The percentage of adult emergency department visits made by patients with no chronic conditions or one Read More >

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Prescription Opioid Use Among Adults With Chronic Pain: United States, 2019

Questions for Jim Dahlhamer, Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Prescription Opioid Use Among Adults With Chronic Pain: United States, 2019.” Q: Why did you decide to do a report on prescription opioid use among U.S. adults with chronic pain? JD: The latest estimate from NHIS reveals that just over 20% of U.S. adults experience Read More >

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Race and Hispanic-origin Disparities in Underlying Medical Conditions Associated With Severe COVID-19 Illness: U.S. Adults, 2015–2018

A new NCHS report calculates the prevalence of selected conditions by race and Hispanic origin among U.S. adults (aged 20 and over) during 2015–2018. Data were used from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Conditions included asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease based on self-report; and obesity, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18 Years or Older Who Did Not Take Their Medication as Prescribed or Asked for Lower-Cost Medication to Save Money Among Those Prescribed Medication in the Past 12 Months by Number of Chronic Conditions

In 2018, among adults aged 18 years or older who were prescribed medication in the past 12 months, the percentage who did not take their medication as prescribed to save money increased with the number of reported chronic conditions, from 6.2% with no chronic conditions to 9.1% with 1–2 chronic conditions and 14.0% with more Read More >

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Stat of the Day – October 23, 2017

#STATOFTHEDAY Chronic lower respiratory disease is the 3rd leading cause of death in US #RespiratoryCareWeek — NCHS (@NCHStats) October 23, 2017 Read More >

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QuickStats: Number of Deaths from 10 Leading Causes by Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2015

In 2015, a total of 1,339,226 deaths among females and 1,373,404 deaths among males occurred. Heart disease and cancer were the top two causes of death for both females and males; other leading causes varied in rank by sex. The 10 leading causes of death accounted for approximately three-quarters of all deaths. Source: Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged 65 Years or Older by Number of 10 Selected Diagnosed Chronic Conditions and Poverty Status

For the period 2013–2015, 13% of adults aged 65 years or older reported having none of 10 selected diagnosed chronic conditions; 25% had one, 46% had two or three, and 16% had four or more of the conditions. No differences by poverty status were observed among those who reported having two or three conditions, but Read More >

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Depression in the United States

Depression is a common and debilitating illness. According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is characterized by changes in mood, self-attitude, cognitive functioning, sleep, appetite, and energy level. Here’s some facts about depression in the U.S. you may not know: More than 1 in 20 Americans age 12 and over have depression. More than 1 Read More >

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Births–Using the NCHS Vital Stats Tool

  NCHS birth tables with a variety of variables for selection are available at By selecting the national or subnational (i.e., state and some county) levels, you can find specific statistics for national, state, and some county birth rates, fertility rates, method of delivery (vaginal or cesarean), length of pregnancy, birthweight, characteristics of the mother Read More >

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Report card for Nation’s health focuses on young adults aged 18-29

Young adults in the United States aged 18-29 face a number of health challenges, including increases in obesity, high injury rates, and a lack of insurance coverage compared to other adults, according to the latest report on the nation’s health from NCHS. Obesity rates have tripled among young adults in the past three decades, rising Read More >

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A brief look at asthma

Two weeks ago, NCHS released a report concerning the prevalence of food allergies in children. In this report, the authors reported that “children with food allergy are two to four times more likely to have other related conditions such as asthma and other allergies, compared with children without food allergies.” According to the report, about Read More >

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