April 14, 2014
During 2012, the percentage of adults aged 18 years or older who reported that they regularly had insomnia or trouble sleeping during the past 12 months ranged from 15.8% for those with family incomes more than 400% of the poverty level to 24.8% for those with family incomes under 100% of the poverty level. For both men and women, the percentage who regularly had insomnia or trouble sleeping decreased as family income increased. At every family income level, women were more likely than men to ave had insomnia or trouble sleeping.
April 14, 2014
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an uncommon but progressive condition. Much of what we know about PH comes from specialized disease registries. PH occurs when the blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries, which carry oxygen and blood from the heart to the lungs, is much higher than normal.
The decline in death rates associated with PH among males from 1980 to 2005 has reversed and now shows a significant increasing trend. Similarly, the death rates for women with PH have continued to significantly increase during the past decade, according to new research in the April 3rd edition of Chest Journal. However, there have been significant declines in PH-associated mortality rates for those with pulmonary embolism and emphysema.
The article, “Pulmonary Hypertension Surveillance — United States, 2001–2010,” authored by shows continued surveillance of PH helps us understand and address evolving trends in hospitalization and mortality associated with PH and for PH-associated conditions, especially for sex, age, and race/ethnicity disparities.
The study is based on analyzed mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System and data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey between 2001 and 2010.
April 9, 2014
A new NCHS report provides updated estimates for the percentage of persons under age 65 who were in families having problems paying medical bills, by selected demographic variables, based on data from five consecutive 6-month periods from January–June 2011 to January–June 2013 of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). In this report, an NHIS “family” is defined as an individual or a group of two or more related persons living together in the same housing unit. Thus, a family can consist of only one person. In some instances, unrelated persons sharing the same household, such as an unmarried couple living together, may also be considered a family.
Key Findings from the Report:
• The percentage of persons under age 65 who were in families having problems paying medical bills decreased from 21.7% (57.6 million) in the first 6 months of 2011 to 19.8% (52.8 million) in the first 6 months of 2013.
• Within each 6-month period from January 2011 through June 2013, children aged 0–17 years were more likely than adults aged 18–64 to be in families having problems paying medical bills.
• The percentage of children aged 0–17 years who were in families having problems paying medical bills decreased from 23.7% in the first 6 months of 2011 to 21.3% in the first 6 months of 2013.
• In the first 6 months of 2013, among persons under age 65, 34.3% of those who were uninsured, 24.7% of those who had public coverage, and 14.1% of those who had private coverage were in families having problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months.
• In the first 6 months of 2013, 28.6% of poor, 33.3% of near poor, and 14.3% of not poor persons under age 65 were in families having problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months.
April 8, 2014
During 2010–2012, 30% of adults 65 years or older living in nonmetropolitan areas had no natural teeth, compared with 21% of those living in metropolitan areas. The percentage of adults 65 years or older with no natural teeth was higher in nonmetropolitan areas than in metropolitan areas in all regions of the United States. In both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, the West had the lowest percentage of adults with no natural teeth.
April 4, 2014
The latest data on 15 selected health measures based on data from the National Health Interview Survey with five year interval trend points.
The 15 measures include smoking, obesity, physical activity, alcohol consumption, HIV testing, health insurance, usual place for medical care, obtaining needed medical care, influenza vaccination, pneumococcal vaccination, general health status, personal care needs, serious psychological distress, diagnosed diabetes, and asthma.
April 1, 2014
During 2012, approximately 69% of children aged 5–17 had a dental visit in the past 6 months; among children aged 2–4 years, the percentage with a dental visit was 45%. Approximately 19% of those aged 5–17 years and 12% of those aged 2–4 years had a visit more than 6 months to 1 year. Approximately 40% of those aged 2–4 years and 5% of those aged 5–17 years had not had a dental visit in more than 2 years or had never seen a dentist.