March 26, 2015
Hypertension is a chronic condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other diseases that can result in premature death. Reducing the number of persons in the population with hypertension is one of the objectives of Healthy People 2020.
Using national multiple cause-of-death data files from the National Vital Statistics System, a new NCHS report presents trends in hypertension-related mortality for 2000–2013 by selected demographic characteristics and the underlying causes of hypertension-related death. Hypertension-related mortality is defined by any mention of hypertension on the death certificate. Because about 2% of all decedents with hypertension reported on the death certificate were under age 45, only decedents aged 45 and over were included in this analysis.
Key Findings from the Report:
- The age-adjusted hypertension-related death rate increased 23.1%, whereas the rate for all other causes combined decreased 21.0% from 2000 through 2013.
- Rates for hypertension-related death increased for both sexes aged 45–64 and 85 and over from 2000 through 2013.
- The age-adjusted hypertension-related death rate increased for all Hispanic origin and race groups examined from 2000 through 2005. Since then, the rate for the non-Hispanic white population continued to increase, whereas the rate for the non-Hispanic black population decreased.
- Although the age-adjusted hypertension-related death rate for the non-Hispanic black population was higher than for the non-Hispanic white and Hispanic populations throughout the period, the gap between them narrowed.
March 24, 2015
NCHS has released selected estimates of health insurance coverage for the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population based on data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey, along with comparable estimates from the 2009–2013 NHIS. Estimates for January–September 2014 are based on data for 85,224 persons.
Key Findings from the Report:
- In the first 9 months of 2014, 37.2 million persons of all ages (11.9%) were uninsured at the time of interview, 53.5 million (17.1%) had been uninsured for at least part of the year prior to interview, and 27.2 million (8.7%) had been uninsured for more than a year at the time of interview.
- Among persons under age 65, 63.2% (169.5 million) were covered by private health insurance plans at the time of interview. This includes 2.1% (5.6 million) covered by private plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace or state-based exchanges at the time of interview between January and September 2014. The proportion with exchange coverage increased from 1.4% (3.7 million) in the first quarter of 2014 (January–March) to 2.5% (6.8 million) in the third quarter of 2014 (July–September).
- Among adults aged 18–64, the percentage who were uninsured at the time of interview decreased from 20.4% in 2013 to 16.7% in the first 9 months of 2014.
- Among adults aged 19–25, the percentage who were uninsured at the time of interview decreased from 26.5% in 2013 to 20.4% in the first 9 months of 2014.
- In the first 9 months of 2014, the percentage of persons under age 65 who were uninsured at the time of interview varied by state. For example, 9.1% were uninsured in Pennsylvania, whereas 22.2% were uninsured in Texas.
March 20, 2015
The state of New Jersey scores lower than the nation overall in births to unmarried mothers and teen births.
However, among the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, the garden state has mortality rates that are higher than the U.S. rates for the following causes: cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, accidents, Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia and suicide.
Here is a list of the 15 leading causes of death in New Jersey in 2012 with ICD 10 codes:
- Diseases of heart (I00-I09,I11,I13,I20-I51)
- Malignant neoplasms (C00-C97)
- Cerebrovascular diseases (I60-I69)
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47)
- Accidents (unintentional injuries) (V01-X59,Y85-Y86)
- Diabetes mellitus (E10-E14)
- Alzheimer’s disease (G30)
- Septicemia (A40-A41)
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (N00-N07,N17-N19,N25-N27)
- Influenza and pneumonia (J09-J18)
- Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (I10,I12,I15)
- Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (K70,K73-K74)
- Intentional self-harm (suicide) (*U03,X60-X84,Y87.0)
- Parkinson’s disease (G20-G21)
- Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids (J69)
March 19, 2015
The number of emergency department (ED) visits rose 44% from 1991 through 2010, even as the number of hospital EDs declined 10% over the same period.
As a result, EDs have increasingly experienced overcrowding and longer waiting times. Using data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, a new NCHS report provides how often patients go to the ED closest to their home, and how differences in geography, patient demographics, and hospital characteristics are associated with ED selection patterns.
Key Findings from the Report:
- In 2009–2010, visits to emergency departments (EDs) occurred an average 6.8 miles from the patient’s residence, while the nearest ED was 3.9 miles from the home.
- Less than one-half of all ED visits (43.8%) occurred at the ED closest to where the patient lived.
- Visits within metropolitan statistical areas were less likely (37.2%) to take place at the closest ED compared with visits outside of metropolitan statistical areas (70.1%).
- Within metropolitan statistical areas, visits that did not take place at the closest ED occurred more frequently among younger patients, at larger hospitals, and in EDs with longer waiting times, compared with visits to the closest ED.
March 13, 2015
March is designated National Kidney Month to raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of kidney disease.
In 2013, kidney diseases were the ninth leading cause of death in the United States with 47,112 deaths. There were about 3.9 million people in the U.S diagnosed with kidney disease making up 1.7% of non-institutionalized adults.
More than 10% (more than 20 million) of U.S. adults aged 20 years or older have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and most of them are unaware of their condition (2,3). Major risk factors for CKD include aging, diabetes, and high blood pressure. If left untreated, CKD can lead to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or transplantation for survival. However, controlling diabetes and high blood pressure can prevent or delay CKD and improve health outcomes.
March 9, 2015
The state of New Hampshire scores lower than the nation overall in births to unmarried mothers, cesarean deliveries, preterm births and low birthweight. The state also has the lowest teen birth rate in the country.
However, among the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, the granite state has mortality rates that are higher than the U.S. rates for the following causes: cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, Alzheimer’s Disease, and suicide.
March 6, 2015
March is National Nutrition Month. While you may know it is important to eat a healthy diet, it isn’t always easy to sort through all of the information available about nutrition and food choices.
Through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), NCHS has a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations.
Findings from this survey will be used to determine the prevalence of major diseases and risk factors for diseases. Information will be used to assess nutritional status and its association with health promotion and disease prevention. NHANES findings are also the basis for national standards for such measurements as height, weight, and blood pressure. Data from this survey will be used in epidemiological studies and health sciences research, which help develop sound public health policy, direct and design health programs and services, and expand the health knowledge for the Nation.
Here some recent findings from NHANES on nutrition:
- Almost 40% of adults consumed nuts on a given day.
- More than three-quarters of youth aged 2–19 years (77.1%) consumed fruit on a given day.
- Almost 92% of youth aged 2–19 years consumed vegetables on a given day.
- Nine out of 10 children aged 2–5 years consumed fruit, while only 6 out of 10 adolescents consumed fruit on a given day.
Here are some more links on nutrition: