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Office-based Physician Visits by Patients with Diabetes Increase

Diabetes is a chronic condition which affects nearly 29 million Americans and is a major cause of other chronic conditions, including heart disease, eye disease, and stroke. Diabetes was the seventh leading U.S. cause of death in 2009 and 2010. Management of diabetes costs nearly $245 billion annually, and patients with diabetes have medical expenditures Read More >

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STATCAST: April – June 2014

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Fruit and Vegetable Consumption of U.S. Youth, 2009–2010

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), 2010 encourage Americans, including youth, to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables. Individuals are encouraged to “eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green and red and orange vegetables.” Fruits and vegetables are sources of many under-consumed nutrients and consuming fruits and vegetables is associated with a decreased risk Read More >

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Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: NHIS, 2013

NCHS has provided a new report on national estimates for indicators of health-related behaviors, health status, health care service utilization, and health care access by sexual orientation using data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). NHIS is an annual multipurpose health survey conducted continuously throughout the year. Analyses were based on data collected in Read More >

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QuickStats: Drug-Poisoning Death Rates by State

In 2011, age-adjusted rates for deaths from drug poisoning varied by state, ranging from 7.1 to 36.3 per 100,000 population. In 17 states, the age-adjusted drug-poisoning death rate was significantly higher than the overall U.S. rate of 13.2 deaths per 100,000 population. The five states with the highest poisoning death rates were West Virginia (36.3), Read More >

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TV Watching and Computer Use in U.S. Youth Aged 12–15, 2012

Excessive screen-time behaviors, such as using a computer and watching TV, for more than 2 hours daily have been linked with elevated blood pressure, elevated serum cholesterol, and being overweight or obese among youth.  Additionally, screen-time behavior established in adolescence has been shown to track into adulthood. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-supported Expert Read More >

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Wireless Substitution: Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2013

Preliminary results from the July – December 2013 National Health Interview Survey indicate that the number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow. Two in every five American homes (41%) had only wireless telephones (also known as cellular telephones, cell phones, or mobile phones) during the second half of 2013 — an Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults with Activity Limitations, by Age Group and Type of Limitation — United States, 2012

In 2012, the percentages of adults with limitations in activities of daily living and limitations in instrumental activities of daily living increased with age. Read More >

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Louisiana leads the United States in births by cesarean delivery and ranks second in births to unmarried mothers, preterm births and low birthweight.  The Bayou State also leads the nation in kidney disease. However, Louisiana has a lower proportion of its population without health insurance than the national average. Read More >

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Prevalence of Incontinence Among Older Americans

A new report presents national estimates of incontinence prevalence in the United States using data source-specific definitions of incontinence among persons aged 65 and over by sociodemographic characteristics during 2007–2010. This first-time report presents national estimates on incontinence for subpopulations of older persons sampled in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics surveys Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Physician Office Visits for Which Preventive Care Was the Major Reason for Visit, by Selected Specialties

From 2001–2002 to 2009–2010, the percentage of physician office visits for which preventive care was the major reason for visit increased for the specialties of general/family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. During 2009–2010, approximately two thirds of visits to obstetricians and gynecologists were for preventive care, including prenatal and postnatal care, and Read More >

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Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the 2013 National Health Interview Survey

A new report from NCHS updates estimates for 15 selected health measures based on data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and presents estimates from 1997 through 2012 for comparison. The 15 Early Release measures are being published prior to final data editing and final weighting to provide access to the most recent information Read More >

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Recent Declines in Induction of Labor by Gestational Age

During the 1980s, 1990s, and through 2006, the length of pregnancies in the United States shortened. From 1981 through 2006, the proportion of infants born at less than 39 completed weeks of gestation increased nearly 60%, while births at 39 weeks or more declined more than 20%. This shift in the gestational age distribution has Read More >

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Marriage, Cohabitation, and Men’s Use of Preventive Health Care Services

In honor of National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day, NCHS has released a new report that looks at preventive health care service use among groups of men aged 18-64: married men, cohabitating men and other not-married men.  The consistency of observed differences by age and health insurance coverage status were also investigated. Previous research has demonstrated that married Read More >

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Kentucky ranks 5th in the United States in cesarean deliveries and 8th in teen births.  The blue grass state also has mortality rates that are higher than the U.S. rates for the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. However, Kentucky has a lower homicide rate than the U.S. rate. Read More >

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Cardiorespiratory Fitness Levels Among U.S. Youth Aged 12–15 Years: United States, 1999–2004 and 2012

Physical fitness has been defined as “a set of attributes that people have or achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity.”  Cardiorespiratory fitness is one component of physical fitness and is defined as the “ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply fuel during sustained physical activity and to eliminate fatigue Read More >

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Older Women, First Births

A recent NCHS Data Brief, drawing on data collected through the National Vital Statistics System, has received nationwide media attention for its findings on first-time births to older mothers. Data Brief No. 152, “First Births to Older Women Continue to Rise,” found significant increases over the past four decades in the average age of women Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Infants Born Late Preterm by Mother’s State of Residence

In 2012, 8.1% of births in the United States were late preterm births. The percentage of births that were late preterm varied by state and ranged from 6.2% in Vermont to 12.0% in Mississippi. Read More >

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Catching Up With: ASA President Dr. Nathaniel Schenker

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In 2013, Inside NCHS interviewed Dr. Nathaniel Schenker, director of the Office of Research and Methodology, about his serving as president-elect of the American Statistical Association (ASA). In the article, Dr. Schenker discussed his presidential agenda. His three main initiatives included having ASA revise its curricula guidelines for undergraduate majors and minors in statistics, developing Read More >

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Trends in Electronic Health Record System Use Among Office-based Physicians: United States, 2007–2012

NCHS has a new report that presents trends in the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by office-based physicians during 2007–2012.  Rates of adoption are compared by selected physician and practice characteristics. Key Findings from the Report: In 2012, 71.8% of office-based physicians reported using any type of EHR system, up from 34.8% in 2007. Read More >

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QuickStats: Median Emergency Department Wait and Treatment Times by Triage Level — National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2010–2011

The median wait time to be treated in the Emergency Department was about 30 minutes, and the median treatment time was slightly more than 90 minutes in 2010–2011. At visits in which patients were triaged, the shortest median wait time was 12 minutes for patients who had an immediate need to be seen. Treatment times were Read More >

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The state of Kansas scores lower than the nation overall in cesarean deliveries, preterm births, and low birthweight. The state also has a lower mortality rate in homicides and drug poisoning deaths. However, among the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, Kansas has mortality rates that are higher than the U.S. rates Read More >

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Health, United States, 2013 explores the Nation’s health status; special feature on use of prescription drugs

The National Center for Health Statistics announces the release of Health, United States, 2013. Health, United States is the annual report on the health status of the Nation, submitted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the President and Congress. The 2013 report includes a rich compilation of health data through 2012 from Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18–64 Years Who Have Seen a Dentist Within the Past Year

In 2012, the percentage of adults with a dental visit within the past year increased with increasing income. Approximately 44% of adults with family income less than 200% of the poverty threshold had a dental visit in the past year, increasing to 60% of those with family income from 200% to 400% and 79% for Read More >

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First Births to Older Women Continue to Rise

The average age of women at first birth has risen over the past 4 decades.  This increase is in part a reflection of the shift in first births to women 35 years and older.  Delayed childbearing affects the size, composition, and future growth of the population in the United States.  Increased health risks to older Read More >

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