QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates by State — United States, 2017

March 15, 2019

In 2017, the overall U.S. death rate was 731.9 per 100,000 standard population; rates varied by state.

The five states with the highest age-adjusted death rates were West Virginia (957.1 deaths per 100,000 standard population), Mississippi (951.3), Kentucky (929.9), Alabama (917.7), and Oklahoma (902.4).

The five states with the lowest death rates were Hawaii (584.9), California (618.7), New York (623.6), Connecticut (651.2), and Minnesota (656.4).

Source: National Vital Statistics System. Underlying cause of death data, 1999–2017. https://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6810a7.htm 

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Dementia Mortality in the United States, 2000–2017

March 14, 2019

A new NCHS report presents data on mortality attributable to dementia. Data for dementia as an underlying cause of death from 2000 through 2017 are shown by selected characteristics such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and state of residence.

Trends in dementia deaths overall and by specific cause are presented. The reporting of dementia as a contributing cause of death is also described.

Key Findings:

  • In 2017, a total of 261,914 deaths attributable to dementia as an underlying cause of death were reported in the United States. Forty-six percent of these deaths were due to Alzheimer disease.
  • In 2017, the age-adjusted death rate for dementia as an underlying cause of death was 66.7 deaths per 100,000 U.S. standard population. Age-adjusted death rates were higher for females (72.7) than for males (56.4).
  • Death rates increased with age from 56.9 deaths per 100,000 among people aged 65–74 to 2,707.3 deaths per 100,000 among people aged 85 and over.
  • Age-adjusted death rates were higher among the non-Hispanic white population (70.8) compared with the non-Hispanic black population (65.0) and the Hispanic population (46.0).
  • Overall, age-adjusted death rates for dementia increased from 2000 to 2017.
  • Rates were steady from 2013 through 2016, and increased from 2016 to 2017. Patterns of reporting the individual dementia causes varied across states and across time.

Updated Provisional Drug Overdose Death Data: 12-Month Ending from August 2017-August 2018

March 13, 2019

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm


Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From January-September 2018 National Health Interview Survey

March 13, 2019

Questions for Lead Author Tainya C. Clarke, Ph.D., M.P.H., Health Statistician, of “Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From January-September 2018 National Health Interview Survey.”

Q: What exactly is an MSA?

TC: According the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a Metropolitan Statistical Area is where one or more adjacent counties or county equivalents have at least one urban center/core area with a population of at least 50,000, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the center as measured by commuting ties.


Q: What do the findings in this report tell us about the health of the country overall?

TC: Americans are exercising more in their leisure (spare) time, yet the prevalence of obesity and diabetes is increasing.


Q: Are there any trends in this report that Americans should be concerned about?

TC: The prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults aged 20 and over increased, from 26.4% in 2006 to 31.7% in January–September 2018 and the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes among adults aged 18 and over increased, from 7.8% in 2006 to 10.1% in January–September 2018.


Q: Why are women more likely to have diabetes compared with men?

TC: The National Health Interview survey does not collect information to answer this question.

You may learn about these reasons from speaking with a physician or a registered dietician.


Q: Why does diabetes increase with age?

TC: The National Health Interview survey does not collect information to answer this question.

You may learn about these reasons from speaking with a physician or a registered dietician.


QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18 Years or Older Who Had Visited an Emergency Department at Least Once in the Past 12 Months, by Age Group and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Status

March 1, 2019

In 2015 and 2016, adults with IBD were more likely to have visited an emergency department at least once in the past 12 months than were those without IBD (33% versus 18.9%); this pattern was observed for all age groups.

Among adults aged 18–34, 35–64, and 65 years or older, those with IBD were more likely to have visited an emergency department at least once in the past 12 months (35.6%, 34.0%, and 28.9%, respectively), compared with adults without IBD (19.6%, 17.2%, and 22.4%, respectively).

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2015 and 2016 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6808a6.htm


Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January–September 2018

February 27, 2019

Questions for Emily P. Terlizzi, M.P.H., Health Statistician and Lead Author on “Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January–September 2018

Q: How did the uninsured vary by age groups in this report?

ET: In the first 9 months of 2018, 9.2% of persons of all ages, 10.8% of persons under age 65, 4.9% of children, and 13% of adults aged 18-64 lacked health insurance at the time of interview.


Q: How did the uninsured vary by race in this report?

ET: In the first 9 months of 2018, 26.3% of Hispanic, 14.7% of non-Hispanic black, 8.8% of non-Hispanic white, and 8.2% of non-Hispanic Asian adults aged 18–64 lacked health insurance coverage at the time of interview.


Q: How did the uninsured vary by regions in the United States?

ET: In the first 9 months of 2018, 7.3% of adults aged 18-64 living in the Northeast, 11% of those living in the Midwest, 18.1% of those living in the South, and 11.2% of those living in the West lacked health insurance coverage at the time of interview.


Q: What is the take home message for this report?

ET: I think the take-home message from this report is found in the number of Americans who no longer lack health insurance. In the first 9 months of 2018, 29.7 million (9.2%) persons of all ages were uninsured at the time of interview. This estimate is not significantly different from 2017, but there are 18.9 million fewer uninsured persons than in 2010.


QuickStats: Death Rates Attributed to Excessive Cold or Hypothermia Among Persons Aged 15 Years or Older, by Urbanization Level and Age Group

February 22, 2019

During 2015–2017, death rates attributed to excessive cold or hypothermia increased steadily with age among those aged 15 years or older in both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties.

The rate for persons aged 85 years or older reached 3.8 deaths per 100,000 in metropolitan counties and 7.3 in nonmetropolitan counties.

The lowest rates were among those aged 15–24 years (0.2 in metropolitan counties and 0.5 in nonmetropolitan counties). In each age category, death rates were lower in metropolitan counties and higher in nonmetropolitan counties.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality Data 2015–2017.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6807a8.htm