A brief look at accidental death for teens

November 26, 2008

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers 15-19 years of age (2005, most recent data available).

The top three causes-
Motor Vehicle Traffic accounted for 73% of these deaths.
Poisoning accounted for 9.5%.
Drowning accounted for 4.7%.

Click here to visit CDC’s Injury Center.
To get other mortality statistics, please visit http://wonder.cdc.gov/.

A brief look at emergency room visits

November 19, 2008

In 2006, about 4 out of every 10 people visited an emergency room.

Of those visits–

About 22% were seen in less than 15 minutes.
About 13% needed hospital admission.
Only about 2% needed to transer to higher level or specialized care.

The most common diagnosis in emergency departments–injury and poisoning.

For more NCHS Fast Stats, please click here.

A brief look at multiple births

November 12, 2008

For births in 2005–most recent data; twin births continued to increase (42% since 1990), while higher-order births continued to decrease.

  • Number of twin births: 133,122
  • Number of triplet births: 6,208
  • Number of quadruplet births: 418
  • Number of quintuplets and other higher order births: 68

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A brief look at asthma

November 5, 2008

Two weeks ago, NCHS released a report concerning the prevalence of food allergies in children. In this report, the authors reported that “children with food allergy are two to four times more likely to have other related conditions such as asthma and other allergies, compared with children without food allergies.” According to the report, about 3 million children have food allergies. However, statistics show that asthma affects almost 7 million children, and asthma rates more than doubled between the 1980s and 1990s. The cause of the condition, like food allergies, is still relatively uknown (Advance Data 381).

For more Asthma statistics, click here.