Circumcision Trends, by U.S. region, 1980-2006

January 7, 2010

Male newborn infants circumcised during hospitalizations, by U.S. region, 1980-2006:

Food allergies on the rise among U.S. children

October 22, 2008


More Highlights from Data Brief #10:

  • In 2007, approximately 3 million children under age 18 years (3.9%) were reported to have a food or digestive allergy in the previous 12 months.
  • From 1997 to 2007, the prevalence of reported food allergy increased 18% among children under age 18 years.
  • Children with food allergy are two to four times more likely to have other related conditions such as asthma and other allergies, compared with children without food allergies.
  • From 2004 to 2006, there were approximately 9,500 hospital discharges per year with a diagnosis related to food allergy among children under age 18 years.
  • Link to full report.

    Hospital Discharge Survey: 2006

    August 1, 2008

    In 2006, there were an estimated 34.9 million hospital discharges, this number does not include newborn infants. Fifty-eight percent of all discharges were hospitalized 3 days or less. The rate of coronary hospitalizations for coronary atherosclerosis for all age groups, especially those aged 65 years and over, has declined since 2002. Read the full report here.


    August 16, 2007

    The rate of hysterectomies in the United States has remained fairly constant over time. In 1994, there were some 556,000 hysterectomies performed for a rate of 214.7/100,000 persons (not just women). In 2004, there were about 617,000 such procedures performed for a rate of 21.1/10,000 persons.

    The rate by year and by age group as well as the the number by year and age group are also available.

    These data come from the Hospital Discharge Survey.

    Circumcision Rates

    July 18, 2007

    Circumcision is a topic that has vigorous advocates for and against.

     As a statistical agency we don’t have a view on that particular subject but we do track male infant circumcision through our National Hospital Discharge Survey.

    Our publication Trends in circumcisions among newborns can be downloaded as can this table showing numbers of circumsicisions and the percentage of infant boys receiving the procedure from 1979 through 2005.

    Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

    July 6, 2007

    Pioneered by Sir John Charnley in the 1960s, hip and knee replacement surgery has offered a markedly improved quality of life to thousands of people who would otherwise have had their mobility severely limited. Since 1996 the rate of persons receiving total hip replacement has increased by 52% and the rate of those receiving total knee replacement has more than doubled.

     Data from the Hospital Discharge Survey document the increasing number of these surgeries is here.

    Heart attacks and hospitalization

    July 6, 2007

    Every week the National Center for Health Statistics produces a feature called QuickStats for the CDC’s publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which highlights interesting and relevant data from NCHS data collection programs.

    This week it highlights hospitalizations rates for coronary atherosclerosis and acute myocardial infarction for the period 1996-2005. These data come from the National Hospital Discharge Survey.


    Childhood Surgery

    May 17, 2007

    The question was raised concerning the number of children who undergo surgery.

     Our best source for this is our National Hospital Discharge Survey. Our most recent publication from this survey indicated some 2,310,000 surgical procedures were performed on patients under 15 years of age.

    Angioplasties Increase in Number and Rate

    April 25, 2007

    According to Wikipedia, angioplasty was first described in 1964 by Dr. Charles Dotter and successfully used in a clinical setting in 1977 by Dr. Andreas Gruentzig. It was widely seen as a much less invasive and traumatic alternative to bypass surgery.

    We first regularized collection of data on angioplasties with our 1994 Hospital Discharge Survey , published as Advance Data #278, October 3, 1996. That report gives the number of angioplasties performed in the US short-stay hospitals as 428,000. 2004 Hospital Discharge Survey data, published as Advance Data #371 on May 4, 2006, reflects the increasing popularity of the procedure. In 2004, 664,000 procedures were performed.

    Over time the number of angioplasties have increased.

    1999  601,000

    2000  561,000

    2001  572,000

    2002  657,000

    2003  664,000

    2004  664,000

    A study in Health Affairs gives more detail on the use of angioplasty.