March 20, 2020
March is Colorectal Awareness Month. 67% of U.S. adults aged 50–75 years met the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for colorectal cancer screening. Most persons (60.6%) had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years. Cancer screening leads to early detection, and early detection saves lives.
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.
September 20, 2019
From 1999 to 2005, the overall age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving heroin in the United States remained stable at approximately 0.7 deaths per 100,000 population.
The rate increased slightly from 0.7 in 2005 to 1.0 in 2010 and further increased to a high of 4.9 in 2016 and 2017.
From 2010 to 2017, rates generally increased for each of the racial/ethnic groups shown, with the highest rates observed for non-Hispanic whites. In 2017, the rates were 6.1 for non-Hispanic whites, 4.9 for non-Hispanic blacks, and 2.9 for Hispanics.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System mortality data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm.
February 26, 2018
During 2014–2016, 69.2% of all older adults, aged 65 years or older, had received an influenza vaccine in the past 12 months.
The percentage of older adults with family income ≥200% poverty level who had received an influenza vaccine in the past 12 months significantly increased from 67.9% during 1999–2001 to 72.2% during 2014–2016.
During the same period, the changes from 55.7% to 60.8% among those at the <100% poverty level and from 60.3% to 62.9% for those at the 100% to <200% poverty level were not statistically significant.
During both periods, older adults with income ≥200% poverty level were significantly more likely to receive an influenza vaccine compared with those with lower family income.
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 1999–2016
May 8, 2017
The death rate for brain cancer, the most common cancer cause of death for children and teens aged 1–19 years, was 24% higher in males (0.73 per 100,000) than females (0.59) aged 1–19 years during 2013–2015.
Death rates were higher for males than females for all age groups, but the difference did not reach statistical significance for the age group 5–9 years.
Death rates caused by brain cancer were highest at ages 5–9 years (0.98 for males and 0.85 for females).
November 4, 2016
In 1999, the mortality rate for children and adolescents aged 10–14 years for deaths from motor vehicle traffic injury (4.5 per 100,000) was about four times higher than the rate for deaths for suicide and homicide (both at 1.2).
From 1999 to 2014, the death rate for motor vehicle traffic injury declined 58%, to 1.9 in 2014 (384 deaths).
From 1999 to 2007, the death rate for suicide fluctuated and then doubled from 2007 (0.9) to 2014 (2.1, 425 deaths).
The death rate for homicide gradually declined to 0.8 in 2014. In 2013 and 2014, the differences between death rates for motor vehicle traffic injury and suicide were not statistically significant.
August 16, 2007
The National Center for Health Statistics does not track the number of abortions. Abortions are tracked through CDC’s Abortion Surveillance System and reported annually in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Reports covering 1979 through the most current report are located at the above link. Typically, these reports are published in the last week of November and lag three years.
Click the icon for a CDC podcast on the abortion surveillance system
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.
June 27, 2007
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report:
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious condition associated with premature mortality, decreased quality of life, and increased health-care expenditures. Untreated CKD can result in end-stage renal disease and necessitate dialysis or kidney transplantation. Risk factors for CKD include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity (1–3). To estimate the prevalence of CKD in the United States (overall and by health risk factors and other characteristics), CDC analyzed the most recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
About 16.8% of the US population aged 20 and older suffer from this condition. Among adults with diabetes that number is 40.2%.