Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2018

June 27, 2019

Preliminary results from the July–December 2018 National Health Interview Survey indicate that the number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow.

More than one-half of American homes (57.1%) had only wireless telephones (also known as cellular telephones, cell phones, or mobile phones) during the second half of 2018—an increase of 3.2 percentage points since the second half of 2017.

More than three in four adults aged 25-34 (76.5%), and a similar percentage of adults renting their homes (75.5%), were living in wireless-only households.

Receipt of Pelvic Examinations Among Women Aged 15–44 in the United States, 1988–2017

June 26, 2019

Using National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) data through 2017 for women aged 15–44, a new NCHS report describes trends overall and by age since 1988 in the receipt of pelvic examinations in the past year, and differences by Hispanic origin and race, education, poverty status, and health insurance status for 2015–2017.

Key Findings:

  • A decreasing trend in the receipt of pelvic examinations in the past 12 months among women aged 15–44 was observed from 1988 through 2017.
  • A decreasing trend in the receipt of pelvic examinations among women aged 15–20 and 21–29 was observed from 1988 through 2017.
  • During 2015–2017, receipt of a pelvic examination in the last 12 months was highest among non-Hispanic black women, followed by non-Hispanic white women and Hispanic women.
  • During 2015–2017, receipt of a pelvic examination in the past 12 months increased with increasing levels of education.

Fact or Fiction: Did life Expectancy in America decline in 2017 for the third consecutive year?

June 25, 2019

Source: National Vital Statistics System, Mortality.

Deaths by Lightning, 1999-2017

June 24, 2019


Approximately 57% of all lightning-related deaths in the U.S. since 1999 have occurred in the South. Source: National Vital Statistics System





2017 Final Deaths, Leading Causes of Death and Life Tables Reports Released

June 24, 2019

NCHS released a report that presents the final 2017 data on U.S. deaths, death rates, life expectancy, infant mortality, and trends, by selected characteristics such as age, sex, Hispanic origin and race, state of residence, and cause of death.

Key Findings:

  • In 2017, a total of 2,813,503 deaths were reported in the United States.
  • The age-adjusted death rate was 731.9 deaths per 100,000 U.S. standard population, an increase of 0.4% from the 2016 rate.
  • Life expectancy at birth was 78.6 years, a decrease of 0.1 year from the 2016 rate.
  • Life expectancy decreased from 2016 to 2017 for non-Hispanic white males (0.1 year) and non-Hispanic black males (0.1), and increased for non-Hispanic black females (0.1).
  • Age-specific death rates increased in 2017 from 2016 for age groups 25–34, 35–44, and 85 and over, and decreased for age groups under 1 and 45–54.
  • The 15 leading causes of death in 2017 remained the same as in 2016 although, two causes exchanged ranks.
  • Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, the 12th leading cause of death in 2016, became the 11th leading cause of death in 2017, while Septicemia, the 11th leading cause of death in 2016, became the 12th leading cause of death in 2017.
  • The infant mortality rate, 5.79 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017, did not change significantly from the rate of 5.87 in 2016.

NCHS also released the 2017 U.S. Life Tables and Leading Causes of Death Reports.

QuickStats: Death Rates from Diabetes Mellitus as Underlying or Contributing Cause Among Adults Aged 65 Years or Older, by Race/Ethnicity

June 21, 2019

During 2004–2017, the death rate from diabetes mellitus as underlying or contributing cause among adults aged 65 years or older decreased from 477.5 per 100,000 in 2004 to 418.1 in 2017.

Throughout this period, the death rate was highest among non-Hispanic black adults and lowest among non-Hispanic white adults.

During 2004–2017, the death rate decreased from 438.3 per 100,000 to 391.1 among non-Hispanic white adults, from 602.0 to 485.7 among Hispanic adults, and from 804.3 to 607.0 among non-Hispanic black adults.

Source: National Vital Statistics System, 2004–2017. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/deaths.htm.


QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates from Prostate Cancer, by Race/ Ethnicity — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1999–2017

June 14, 2019

In 2017, the age-adjusted prostate cancer death rate among all males was 18.7 per 100,000, down from 31.3 in 1999.

During 1999–2017, non-Hispanic black males had the highest prostate cancer death rate. In 2017, the rate for non-Hispanic black males was 36.8, compared with 17.8 for non-Hispanic white males and 15.4 for Hispanic males.

Source: National Vital Statistics System, Mortality, 1999–2017. https://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.



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

June 12, 2019

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

Estimated 2018 Death Rates for Several Leading Causes Of Death Released

June 11, 2019

NCHS has released its latest quarterly data on provisional mortality rates in the U.S. for several leading causes of death.  This data set features the first estimated (provisional) death rates for full-year 2018 for disease-related leading causes of death.  Full-year 2018 provisional death rates for external causes of death such as drug overdoses, homicide, firearm mortality, and suicide will not yet be available in this quarterly release.

Also, this quarterly release of data features only death rates (the number of deaths per 100,000 population) and not whole numbers of deaths.

This data is available on an interactive online dashboard at the following address:  https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/mortality-dashboard.htm.

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18 Years or Older Who Have Lost All of Their Natural Teeth, by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2000 and 2017

June 7, 2019

The percentage of adults aged 18 years or older who had lost all of their upper and lower natural teeth decreased from 9.3% in 2000 to 7.0% in 2017, and this pattern was consistent in each age group shown.

Complete tooth loss declined from 2.9% to 2.3% among adults aged 18–44 years, from 10.1% to 6.5% among adults aged 45–64 years, from 25.6% to 14.2% among adults aged 65–74 years, and from 34% to 24.9% among adults aged 75 years or older.

SOURCE: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2000. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_215.pdfpdf icon. Tables of Summary Health Statistics, 2017. https://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/NHIS/SHS/2017_SHS_Table_A-6.pdfpdf icon.