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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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QuickStats: Percentage Distribution of Cigarette Smoking Status Among Current Adult E-Cigarette Users, by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, 4.5% of U.S. adults were current e-cigarette users. Among adult e-cigarette users overall, 29.4% also were current cigarette smokers, 40.3% were former cigarette smokers, and 30.3% had never been cigarette smokers. Among e-cigarette users aged 18–24 years, 16.3% were current smokers, 22.3% were former smokers, and 61.4% had never been cigarette smokers. Among Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18–64 Years Who Used Telemedicine in the Past 12 Months, by Sex and Health Insurance Coverage — National Health Interview Survey, United States 2021

Overall, in 2021, 35.3% of adults aged 18–64 years had a telemedicine visit with a health care professional in the past 12 months. The percentage was higher among women than men overall (41.7% versus 28.8%). Women were also more likely than were men to have had a telemedicine visit among those with private health insurance Read More >

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Q & A from Author of Emergency Department Visits Related to Mental Health Disorders Among Adults, by Race and Hispanic Ethnicity

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Q: Why did you decide to report on rates of emergency department (ED) visits for mental health disorders by race and ethnicity? ZP: As mentioned in the introduction of this report, prior research has shown that certain race/ethnicity groups are less likely to receive routine mental health care. Additionally, mental health disorders are frequently diagnosed at ED visits, Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Serious Psychological Distress in the Past 30 Days, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, 3.7% of adults aged ≥18 years had serious psychological distress in the past 30 days with percentages higher among women (4.6%) than among men (2.7%). The higher percentages among women were seen across all age groups: 5.6% versus 3.1% in adults aged 18–44 years, 4.5% versus 2.8% in those aged 45–64 years, and Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Women Aged 50–74 Years Who Had a Mammogram Within the Preceding 2 Years by Family Income — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, 76.0% of women aged 50–74 years reported that they had a mammogram within the preceding 2 years. The percentage of women who had a mammogram within the preceding 2 years increased with family income, from 67.7% of women with family income <200% of federal poverty level (FPL), to 74.3% of women with income Read More >

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Love is in the Air: Marriages Rebound in 2021

The number of marriages in 2020 was the lowest recorded in the United States since 19631, as many couples had to delay weddings due to the pandemic. However, in 20212 there was a rebound as both the number and rate of marriages were up 18% compared with 2020. The increase in the number and rate of Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥45 Years Who Use a Hearing Aid, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, among adults aged ≥45 years, men were more likely to use a hearing aid than were women (9.2% versus 5.5%). This pattern was found in all age groups: 3.0% of men versus 1.4% of women among those aged 45–64 years, 12.3% versus 5.7% among those aged 65–74 years, 26.7% versus 13.7% among those Read More >

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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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