2008: A year in review

December 31, 2008

The National Center for Health Statistics releases a variety of reports every year that cover a wide range of health issues. The vital statistics and national surveys create a definitive picture of the health status of the American population, informing the public and guiding policy. Many of the reports are accompanied by press releases, which highlight key points. For a list of past press releases from NCHS, including those for 2008, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/MediaReleases.htm.


1 in 6 households only have wireless telephones

December 17, 2008

A new report released today by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has the latest estimates for the number of households using wireless telephones exclusively, as well as general use of wireless phones by the population. NCHS keeps track of wireless phone usage for methodological purposes relating to its surveys. Visit www.cdc.gov/nchs for more information, or click here.

New report on CAM therapy

December 10, 2008

A new report was released by NCHS in collaboration with NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This report covers complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in the United States and common CAM therapies used by adults and children.

4 in 10 adults use CAM therapy.
1 in 9 children use CAM therapy.

Click here for full report.

Health insurance is related to marital status

December 3, 2008
  • Overall, unmarried (divorced or never married) women aged 25-64 years are more likely to be uninsured (21%) than married women (13%) in the same age group..
  • Poor married women are more likely to be uninsured than poor unmarried women, in part because they are less likely to have Medicaid coverage.
  • See more at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db11.htm.