Teen birth rates drop after two-year increase

April 9, 2010

A new report from NCHS, “Births: Preliminary Data for 2008,” found that the teen birth rate in the U.S. fell 2 percent between 2007 and 2008, after rising the previous two years. In 2008, the birth rate declined for all age groups under 20 years, except for the youngest teenagers ages 10-14, which remained unchanged at 0.6 births per 1,000 females. The report also found the following:

  •  The birth rate for U.S. teenagers ages 15-19 fell 2 percent in 2008 to 41.5 per 1,000, reversing a brief two-year increase that had halted the long-term decline from 1991 to 2005.
  •  The birth rate for unmarried women declined about 2 percent to 52.0 per 1,000 aged 15-44. This was the first decline since 2001 and 2002. However, the number and percentage of births to unmarried women each increased to historic levels. The preliminary number of U.S. births in 2008 was 4,251,095, down nearly 2 percent from 2007.
  • The estimated total fertility rate in 2008 was 2,085.5 births per 1,000 women, 2 percent lower than the rate in 2007.
  • The cesarean delivery rate rose to 32.3 percent in 2008, the twelfth consecutive year of increase. Increases were seen among women of all age groups, and most race and ethnic groups.

Below is a graph showing the birth rate trends for teens from 1980-2008:

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More Physicians Switch to Electronic Medical Record Use

April 2, 2010

The recent report “Electronic Medical Record Use by Office-based Physicians and Their Practices: United States, 2007” presents new information from the 2007 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey regarding the growing use of electronic medical records systems by office-based physicians as well as their plans to install new electronic medical record systems within the next 3 years.

Results showed that in 2007 34.8 percent of office-based physicians reported using any electronic medical record system, which represented a 19.2 percent increase since 2006 and a 91.2 percent increase since 2001. A few other findings include the following:

  • Physicians in practices with 11 or more physicians were most likely to use either all electronic or partially electronic (part paper and part electronic) systems (74.3 percent), whereas physicians in solo practice were least likely to use electronic medical records systems (20.6 percent).
  • Electronic medical record use was higher among physicians in multi-specialty practices (52.5 percent) than in solo or single-specialty practices (30.3 percent).

 The graph below displays electronic medical record use trends from 2001-2007:

For more information, visit the report at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr023.pdf

NCHS releases 33rd annual report card on Nation’s health

February 18, 2010

Each year, NCHS releases a report to Congress and to the President concerning the nation’s health. This report is available to the media and the public, and the 33rd edition, Health United States, 2009, can be found at www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm. Each year the report features a special section, and this year’s focus is the growing use of medical technology.

For the report’s press release, visit www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/10newreleases/hus09.htm.

For a podcast with one of the report’s authors, visit www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/STATCASTS/statcasts.htm#statcast_16.

For a brief summary of this report, visit www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus09_InBrief.pdf.

Nearly 1 in 5 School-Aged Children Have Some Kind of Basic Functioning Difficulty

November 12, 2009

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that children with and without functioning difficulty differ greatly in their use of educational and health care services. This report presents estimates of basic actions difficulty, which includes difficulties related to sensory, motor, cognitive, and emotional or behavioral functioning, in U.S. children aged 5–17 years based on questions from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Here are some results:

  • Approximately 18% of children aged 5–17 had basic actions difficulty in one or more of the following domains of functioning: sensory, movement, cognitive, or emotional or behavioral.
  • The percentage of children with difficulty in specific domains varied: 3% had sensory difficulty, 2% movement difficulty, 9% cognitive difficulty, and 10% emotional or behavioral difficulty.
  • From 2001 through 2007, the percentage of children aged 5–17 with basic actions difficulty remained stable at about 18%.

In addition, income was influential. Poor children (3%) were more likely to have movement difficulty than children who were not poor (2%). See the chart below.

Prevalence of any basic actions difficulty among children aged 5–17 years, by poverty status: United States, average annual estimates for 2001–2007

For more information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr019.pdf.

Increase in poisonings from opioid painkillers

October 1, 2009

NCHS recently released the report titled “Increase in Fatal Poisonings Involving Opioid Analgesics in the United States, 1999-2006.” This report shows the explosion of fatal poisonings from opioid painkillers over the past 7 years. For example, from 1999 through 2006, the number of fatal poisonings involving opioid analgesics more than tripled from 4,000 to 13,800 deaths. Opioid analgesics were involved in almost 40% of all poisoning deaths in 2006.The differences among states is also striking:

Age-adjusted death rates for poisonings involving opioid analgesics: Comparison of state and U.S. rates: United Stats, 2006

For more information, visit the report at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db22.htm.

Louisiana tops homicide, injury by firearms list

August 20, 2009

In 2006, Louisiana had the highest age-adjusted rate of homicides and injuries by firearms out of all 50 states:

  • Death rate from homicides: 12.8 deaths per 100,000 population
  • Rate of injury by firearms: 19.3 out of 100,000 populuation

For the complete listing of states, visit the report.

In 2005, Louisiana also topped all 50 states with its homicide and injury by firearms rate, with 12.9 homicides per 100,000 population and 18.6 injuries by firearms per 100,000 population. For the complete list of states, visit the report.

The cost of complementary and alternative medicine

July 30, 2009

A new report examining the costs of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and visits to CAM practitioners was released by NCHS today, in conjunction with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health. The report estimates that–

  • Adults in the U.S. spent $33.9 billion out of pocket on visits to CAM practioners and on CAM products, classes, and material.

  • In 2007, 38.1 million adults made an estimated 354.2 million visits to CAM practioners.

  • On average, adults in the U.S. spent $121.92 per person for vists to CAM providers and paid $29.37 out of pocket per visit.

For more from this report, visit www.cdc.gov/nchs.

Vaccination coverage does not reach national objectives

July 22, 2009

Vaccinations are responsible for reducing disease and death; however, vaccinations among certain population subgroups remain low, and national health objectives have not been met. Despite 2010 influenza and pneumococcal vaccination objectives of 90% for adults 65 and over and 60% for younger, high-risk adults, only 66% of the former and 35% of the latter received an influenza vaccination during the 2006-2007 vaccination period. Also, only 60% of those 65 years and over have ever received a pneumococcal vaccination, and levels vary a great deal by race and ethnicity.

For more, including information about tetanus and HPV vaccination coverage, visit the report.

Who marries when?

July 1, 2009

Did you know–

  • More woman than men get married before age 40 (86% compared with 81%).
  • Non-Hispanic black men and women aged 25–44 have
    lower percentages who have ever been married than non-Hispanic white and Hispanic persons of the same age.
  • The probability of first marriage by age 18 is low for both men and women: 6% for women and 2% for men.
  • There is a 50% probability that women will have married for the first time by the age of 25. Not until age 27 is there a 50% probability that men will have married for the first time.

For more information, which comes from the National Survey of Family Growth, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db18.pdf.

Looking for searchable data on children’s health – check out the NSCH

June 24, 2009

Are you looking for statistics on the health of U.S. children? You may want to check out the site for the National Survey of Children’s Health, a project of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative. You can search the 2007 data set by clicking here. Or, you can find out more about the the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health by visiting their website.