Category: National Hospital Discharge Survey

Hospitalization for Total Knee Replacement Among Inpatients Aged 45 and Over: United States, 2000–2010

In 2010, total knee replacement was the most frequently performed inpatient procedure on adults aged 45 and over. In the 11-year period from 2000 through 2010, an estimated 5.2 million total knee replacements were performed. Adults aged 45 and over comprised 98.1% of those surgeries. An NCHS report uses data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey Read More >

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Circumcision Trends, by U.S. region, 1980-2006

Male newborn infants circumcised during hospitalizations, by U.S. region, 1980-2006: Read More >

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A brief look at heart disease

As a farewell to “American Heart Month,” here’s a brief synopsis of why the heart and its health affects so many of us: Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death, responsible for 629,191 deaths in 2006 (National Vital Statistics System, 2006). Heart disease is the nation’s leading diagnosis for hospitalization, at 4.2 million Read More >

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Anti-depressant Use

CNN recently ran a story that has gained some attention. It is entitled CDC: Antidepressants most prescribed drugs in U.S. […]According to a government study, antidepressants have become the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. They’re prescribed more than drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, or headaches. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen Read More >

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Circumcision Rates

Circumcision is a topic that has vigorous advocates for and against.  As a statistical agency we don’t have a view on that particular subject but we do track male infant circumcision through our National Hospital Discharge Survey. Our publication Trends in circumcisions among newborns can be downloaded as can this table showing numbers of circumsicisions Read More >

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Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Pioneered by Sir John Charnley in the 1960s, hip and knee replacement surgery has offered a markedly improved quality of life to thousands of people who would otherwise have had their mobility severely limited. Since 1996 the rate of persons receiving total hip replacement has increased by 52% and the rate of those receiving total Read More >

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Heart attacks and hospitalization

Every week the National Center for Health Statistics produces a feature called QuickStats for the CDC’s publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which highlights interesting and relevant data from NCHS data collection programs. This week it highlights hospitalizations rates for coronary atherosclerosis and acute myocardial infarction for the period 1996-2005. These data come from the Read More >

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