QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates for Suicide by Urbanization of County of Residence— United States, 2004 and 2013

April 21, 2015


The overall age-adjusted suicide rate was 11.0 deaths per 100,000 population in the United States in 2004 and 12.6 in 2013.

From 2004 to 2013, the suicide rate increased in all county urbanization categories, with the smallest increase (7%) in large central metropolitan counties and the largest increases in small metropolitan, town/city (micropolitan) and rural counties (approximately 20% in each).

For both years, suicide rates were increasingly higher as counties became less urbanized. For 2013, the age-adjusted suicide rate in rural counties was 1.7 times the rate for large central metropolitan counties (17.6 compared with 10.3 deaths per 100,000).


Interpregnancy Intervals in the United States: Data From the Birth Certificate and the National Survey of Family Growth

April 16, 2015

A new NCHS report looks at data on interpregnancy intervals (IPI), defined as the timing between a live birth and conception of a subsequent live birth, from a subset of jurisdictions that adopted the 2003 revised birth certificate.

The data contains births to residents of the 36 states and the District of Columbia (DC) that implemented the 2003 revision of the birth certificate as of January 1, 2011.

Because this information is available among revised jurisdictions only, the national representativeness of IPI and related patterns to the entire United States were assessed using the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG).

Key Findings from the Report:

  • Jurisdiction-specific median IPI ranged from 25 months (Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin) to 32 months (California) using birth certificate data.
  • Unmarried women had a higher percentage of long IPI from the birth certificate and NSFG compared with married women.
  • Consistent patterns in IPI distribution by data source were seen by age at delivery, marital status, education, number of previous live births, and Hispanic origin and race, with the exception of differences in IPI of 60 months or more among non-Hispanic black women and women with a bachelor’s degree or higher.


April 15, 2015

The state of New Mexico scores higher than the nation overall in births to unmarried mothers, preterm births, teen births and low birthweights.

However, among the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, New Mexico has mortality rates that are lower than the U.S. rates for the following causes: heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, influenza/pneumonia and kidney disease.

Here is a list of the 15 leading causes of death in New Mexico in 2012 with ICD 10 codes:

1. Malignant neoplasms (C00-C97)

2. Diseases of heart (I00-I09,I11,I13,I20-I51)

3. Accidents (unintentional injuries) (V01-X59,Y85-Y86)

4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47)

5. Cerebrovascular diseases (I60-I69)

6. Diabetes mellitus (E10-E14)

7 (tie).  Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (K70,K73-K74)

7 (tie). Intentional self-harm (suicide) (*U03,X60-X84,Y87.0)

9. Alzheimer’s disease (G30)

10. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (N00-N07,N17-N19,N25-N27)

11. Influenza and pneumonia (J09-J18)

12. Septicemia (A40-A41)

13. Parkinson’s disease (G20-G21)

14. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (I10,I12,I15)

15. Assault (homicide) (*U01-*U02,X85-Y09,Y87.1)

QuickStats: Age–Adjusted Death Rates for Stroke by U.S. Census Region — United States, 1970–2013

April 13, 2015

The age-adjusted death rates for stroke in all U.S. Census regions in the United States generally decreased from 1970 to 2013, although the rates in all regions were relatively stable from 1992 to 1999. From 1970 to 2013, the rate decreased an average of 3.3% per year in the South, 3.2% in the Midwest, 3.3% in the West, and 3.4% in the Northeast. Throughout the period, the rate was the highest in the South and lowest in the Northeast region.


Emergency Department Visits for Drug Poisoning: United States, 2008–2011

April 9, 2015

Poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related mortality in the United States, with more than 40,000 deaths annually. Drugs account for 90% of poisoning deaths, and the number of deaths from drug poisoning has increased substantially in recent years. The emergency department (ED) plays an important role in the treatment of poisoning.

A new NCHS report describes nationally representative data on ED visits for drug poisoning during 2008–2011.

Key Findings from the Report:

  • During 2008–2011, an average of 1.1 million emergency department (ED) visits were made each year for drug poisoning, with a visit rate of 35.4 per 10,000 persons.
  • The ED visit rate for drug poisoning was highest among persons aged 20–34. The rate declined with age after 20–34, and rates for those aged 0–19 were similar to those aged 50 and over.
  • Drug-poisoning ED visit rates did not differ by sex and age, with the exception of persons aged 35–49, where females had a higher visit rate than males. The ED visit rate for unintentional drug poisoning was higher than self-inflicted drug poisoning overall and for males, but did not differ for females.
  • About one-quarter (24.5%) of drug-poisoning ED visits resulted in hospital admission.

Alcohol Awareness Month

April 8, 2015

April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  This month highlights the health risks associated with problem drinking and the importance of identification and intervention.  According to NCHS data, there are over 18,000 alcoholic liver disease deaths and 29,000 alcohol-induced deaths (excluding accidents and homicides) in the U.S.

Over 50 percent of the adults in the U.S. have said that they have had at least 12 alcoholic drinks in the past year.

The U.S. adult population consumes an average of almost 100 calories per day from alcoholic beverages.  Men consume more calories from alcoholic beverages than women. Younger adults consume more calories from alcoholic beverages than older adults. Men consume more beer than other types of alcohol.



STAT OF THE DAY – April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015

More than 95% of office-based physicians in the U.S. were accepting new patients as of 2013.