NCHS: A Blog of the National Center for Health Statistics

QuickStats: Number of Deaths from Hornet, Wasp, and Bee Stings Among Males and Females — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2011–2021

During 2011–2021, a total of 788 deaths from hornet, wasp, and bee stings occurred (an average of 72 deaths per year). The annual number of deaths ranged from 59 (2012) to 89 (2017). Overall, 84% of deaths occurred among males. Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality Data, 2011–2021. https://wonder.cdc.gov/Deaths-by-Underlying-Cause.html Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates of Firearm-Related Homicide, by Race, Hispanic Origin, and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021

In 2021, among males, Black or African American (Black) males had the highest age-adjusted rate of firearm-related homicide (52.9 deaths per 100,000 standard population), and Asian males had the lowest rate (1.5). Among females, Black females had the highest rate (7.5), and Asian females had the lowest rate (0.5). Males had higher rates than females Read More >

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New Analysis Looks at Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Xylazine

A wooden coffin being carried by several people dressed in suits. Text on the left side states that that the age-adjusted rate of overdose deaths involving xylazine increased 35 times from 2018 to 2021.

NCHS released a new report, “Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Xylazine, 2018‒2021,” that presents trends in drug overdose death rates involving xylazine from 2018 through 2021 in the United States. The report uses an established methodology for examining death certificate literal text to identify drug overdose deaths involving xylazine that occurred in the United States among Read More >

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New Report Looks at Pregnant Mothers with Confirmed or Presumed COVID in 14 States and D.C.

Shape of pregnant woman. New data analysis about pregnant mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID in 14 states and D.C.

NCHS has released a new report, “Trends In Characteristics of Mothers With Confirmed or Presumed COVID-19 During Pregnancy: 14 States and The District of Columbia, July 2020‒June 2022,” that looks at changes by maternal age, educational attainment, race and Hispanic origin, and principal source of payment for the delivery. The report includes data from the Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged 50–75 Years Who Received the Recommended Colorectal Cancer Screening, by Sex and Family Income

In 2021, 71.6% of adults aged 50–75 years reported they received the recommended colorectal cancer screening, with the percentage increasing with income from 56.7% for those with family incomes <100% of FPL to 63.0% for those with family incomes 100% to <200% of FPL, and 74.9% for those with family incomes ≥200% of FPL. The Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates, for Pedestrians Involved in a Collision with a Motor Vehicle, by Race and Hispanic Origin — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021

In 2021, a total of 8,392 deaths from pedestrian-involved collisions with motor vehicles occurred. The age-adjusted death rate from such collisions was highest for American Indian or Alaska Native persons (8.2 deaths per 100,000 standard population), followed by Black or African American (4.4), Hispanic or Latino (3.0), White (1.9), and Asian (1.4) persons. Source: National Vital Read More >

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Suicide and Homicide Rates Increase Among Young Americans

A circle image on the left shows a female therapist with a warm smile encouraging a young boy patient. She is dressed in a suit with a folder in her lap and the boy is looking up at her. Text to the right of the image states that in 2021, 14.9% of children ages 5–17 had received mental health treatment in the past 12 months.

NCHS released a new report that uses the most recent data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to update a previous report. The report presents trends from 2001 to 2021 in suicide and homicide rates for young people ages 10‒24 and for age groups 10‒14, 15‒19, and 20‒24. Findings: After no significant change between Read More >

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NCHS Data Brief: Mental Health Treatment Among Children Aged 5–17 Years: United States, 2021

A circle image on the left shows a female therapist with a warm smile encouraging a young boy patient. She is dressed in a suit with a folder in her lap and the boy is looking up at her. Text to the right of the image states that in 2021, 14.9% of children ages 5–17 had received mental health treatment in the past 12 months.

New NCHS report describes the percentage of children aged 5–17 years who have received mental health treatment in the past 12 months by selected characteristics, based on data from the 2021 National Health Interview Survey. Mental health treatment is defined as having taken medication for mental health, received counseling or therapy from a mental health Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Received Care at Home from a Friend or Family Member During the Past 12 Months, by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey

During 2021, 11.9% of adults aged ≥18 years received care at home from a friend or family member during the past 12 months. The percentage of adults who received care during the past 12 months was similar among adults aged 18–44 years (9.8%) and 45–64 years (10.5%), then increased with age to 13.8% among those Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Have Been Bothered a Lot by Headache or Migraine in the Past 3 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2021

In 2021, 4.3% of adults aged ≥18 years reported being bothered a lot by headache or migraine in the past 3 months with the percentage among women (6.2%) higher than that among men (2.2%). Percentages were higher among women than men in all age groups: 7.4% versus 2.5% in adults aged 18–44 years, 6.7% versus Read More >

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U.S. Teen Birth Rate Reached Another Historic Low in 2022

A circle image on the left shows three teenage girls smiling, and a green background circle on the right states the provisional birth rate for teens ages 15 to 19 reached a record low in 2022.

The teen birth rate in the United States decreased 3% from 2021, reaching a record low for this age group. The 2022 rates declined for both younger (ages 15–17) and older (ages 18–19) teenagers. The teen birth rate has declined every year except for two (2006 and 2007) since 1991. The new report, “Births: Provisional Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Take Prescription Medication for Depression, by Sex and Race and Hispanic Origin — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, among adults aged ≥18 years, women were more likely to take prescription medication for depression than were men (13.8% versus 7%). This pattern was found among non-Hispanic White (White) (18.1% versus 8.5%) and Hispanic or Latino (8.0% versus 3.7%) adults, but differences by sex were not statistically significant among non-Hispanic Black or African Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Children and Adolescents Aged 5–17 Years Who Received Free or Reduced-Cost Meals at School During the Previous 12 Months, by Race and Hispanic Ethnicity and Family Income — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, 51.6% of all U.S. children and adolescents aged 5–17 years received free or reduced-cost meals at school during the previous 12 months; NH Black or African American (66.2%) and Hispanic or Latino (Hispanic) (64.4%) children and adolescents were more likely to receive free or reduced-cost meals at school than were NH White (42.7%) Read More >

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Provisional Data Shows U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Top 100,000 in 2022

NCHS released the next set of monthly provisional drug overdose death counts that provide data through December 2022. The monthly counts are released under the Vital Statistics Rapid Release program as an interactive data visualization and are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm. Findings: Provisional data show that the reported number of drug overdose deaths occurring in the Read More >

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U.S. Uninsured Rate Dropped 18% During Pandemic

A line graph showing the declining trend for uninsured adults aged 18–64 from 2019 through 2022.

The overall number of Americans without health insurance dropped by 5.6 million from 2019 to 2022. These findings are included in a new report released by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The findings are featured in the report, “Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2022.” It Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Had a Repetitive Strain Injury During the Past 3 Months, by Sex and Race and Hispanic Origin

In 2021, 9.0% of men and 8.9% of women aged ≥18 years had a repetitive strain injury during the past 3 months. Non-Hispanic White men (10.1%) were more likely to have a repetitive strain injury than were non-Hispanic Asian (Asian) (7.6%), non-Hispanic Black or African American (Black) (6.6%), and Hispanic or Latino (Hispanic) (6.4%) men. Read More >

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New Updates to Interactive “Stats of the States” Page

The CDC National Center for Health Statistics web page “Stats of the States” has been updated to include the latest state-based final data on selected vital statistics topics, including: General fertility rates Teen birth rates Selected other maternal and infant health measures Marriage & divorce rates Leading causes of death Other high profile causes of Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Who Were in Families Having Problems Paying Medical Bills During the Previous 12 Months, by Race, Hispanic Origin, and Selected Asian Subgroups

During 2020–2021, the percentage of U.S. adults who were in families having problems paying medical bills during the previous 12 months was 11.3%. Non-Hispanic Asian adults (5.7%) were the least likely to be in families having problems paying medical bills, followed by non-Hispanic White (10%), Hispanic or Latino (13.5%), and non-Hispanic Black or African American Read More >

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Fentanyl Overdose Death Rates More Than Tripled From 2016 to 2021

The image shows the purple ribbon on the right side on the surface of the concrete and states Rates of overdose deaths involving fentanyl more than tripled from 2016 to 2021.

Drug overdose death rates involving fentanyl increased by 279% from 5.7 per 100,000 in 2016 to 21.6 in 2021, according to new data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Drug overdose death rates involving methamphetamine more than quadrupled during the same period. “Rapid Release Estimates of Drug Overdose Deaths involving Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Currently Employed Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Have Paid Sick Leave by Education Level — National Health Interview Survey, 2021

In 2021, 72.5% of employed adults had paid sick leave. The percentage with sick leave was highest among workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher (83.6%), followed by workers with an associate degree (73.2%). The percentage of sick leave was similar for workers with some college (66.3%) and those with a high school diploma or Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Who Were in Families Having Problems Paying Medical Bills During the Previous 12 Months, by Race and Selected Hispanic Origin Subgroups — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2020−2021

During 2020–2021, the percentage of U.S. adults who were in families having problems paying medical bills during the previous 12 months was 11.3%. Non-Hispanic Black or African American adults (16.8%) were most likely to be in families having problems paying medical bills followed by Hispanic or Latino (13.5%), non-Hispanic White (10.0%), and non-Hispanic Asian (5.7%) Read More >

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Q & A from Author of Emergency Department Visits with Suicide Ideation

Picture of sad girl. Text says people ages 14–18 more likely to visit emergency department for suicidal thoughts in 2016–2020

Questions for Alex Strashny, Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Emergency Department Visits with Suicidal Ideation: United States, 2016-2020.” Why did you decide to do a report on emergency department visits with suicidal ideation? That’s a great question. Suicide is a major public health issue. Before to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the United States, suicide Read More >

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U.S. Pregnancy Rates Drop During Last Decade

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Newly released national pregnancy rate estimates from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) show declines in the overall and unintended pregnancy rates in the United States for 2010–2019. These are the first pregnancy rate statistics from NCHS since the agency published estimates for 2010 in a report released in 2015. The new report, “Updated Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Serious Psychological Distress During the Past 30 Days, by Family Income — National Health Interview Survey, 2021

In 2021, 3.8% of adults aged ≥18 years had serious psychological distress during the past 30 days. The age-adjusted percentage of adults who had serious psychological distress decreased with increasing family income, from 8.9% of adults with family income <100% of FPL, to 5.8% of adults with family income 100%–199% of FPL, to 3.8% of Read More >

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Colon Cancer Deaths in the United States: 1999-2021

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Year Deaths Age Adjusted Rate* 1999 48,433 17.7 2000 48,570 17.6 2001 47,860 17 2002 47,586 16.6 2003 46,868 16.1 2004 44,591 15.1 2005 43,989 14.6 2006 44,061 14.3 2007 43,969 14 2008 43,396 13.6 2009 42,199 12.9 2010 42,009 12.6 2011 41,822 12.2 2012 41,488 11.9 2013 41,502 11.6 2014 41,526 11.4 2015 42,126 Read More >

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