March 31, 2020
Brian Moyer, Ph.D., M.A., has been named the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) effective March 30, 2020.
Dr. Moyer has been serving as Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) since September 2014 and as Acting Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, which oversees BEA, for the U.S. Department of Commerce since December 2018.
For more information on Dr. Moyer click here.
September 9, 2016
In 2014, a greater percentage of residential care communities than adult day service centers provided five of seven selected services.
The majority of residential care communities provided pharmacy services (82%); followed by transportation for social activities (79%); physical, occupational, or speech therapy (69%); hospice (62%); skilled nursing (59%); and mental health services (52%).
Fewer than half provided social work services (48%).
The majority of adult day services centers provided transportation for social activities (69%); skilled nursing (66%); and social work (52%). %).
Fewer than half provided physical, occupational, or speech therapy (49%). One third or less provided mental health (33%), pharmacy (27%), and hospice services (12%).
March 19, 2015
The number of emergency department (ED) visits rose 44% from 1991 through 2010, even as the number of hospital EDs declined 10% over the same period.
As a result, EDs have increasingly experienced overcrowding and longer waiting times. Using data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, a new NCHS report provides how often patients go to the ED closest to their home, and how differences in geography, patient demographics, and hospital characteristics are associated with ED selection patterns.
Key Findings from the Report:
- In 2009–2010, visits to emergency departments (EDs) occurred an average 6.8 miles from the patient’s residence, while the nearest ED was 3.9 miles from the home.
- Less than one-half of all ED visits (43.8%) occurred at the ED closest to where the patient lived.
- Visits within metropolitan statistical areas were less likely (37.2%) to take place at the closest ED compared with visits outside of metropolitan statistical areas (70.1%).
- Within metropolitan statistical areas, visits that did not take place at the closest ED occurred more frequently among younger patients, at larger hospitals, and in EDs with longer waiting times, compared with visits to the closest ED.
March 17, 2010
Who will have whiskey in the jar on one of the most popular drinking days of the year? Well, on average, men are more likely than women to be current drinkers (68% compared with 55%). Men are also more likely to be moderate (22%) or heavy drinkers (6%) than women (7% and 4%, respectively). Youth also contributes to heavier drinking:
- White men and women are more likely to be current drinkers than other races, and non-Hispanic adults are more likely than Hispanic adults to be drinkers.
- Current drinkers increase with education from 44% for adults with less than a high school diploma to 74% for adults with a graduate degree.
- The prevalence of current drinking increases dramatically with family income.
For more, visit the new report on adult health behaviors at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_245.pdf.
January 20, 2010
Depression is a common and debilitating illness. According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is characterized by changes in mood, self-attitude, cognitive functioning, sleep, appetite, and energy level. Here’s some facts about depression in the U.S. you may not know:
- More than 1 in 20 Americans age 12 and over have depression.
- More than 1 in 7 poor Americans have depression.
- Rates of depression were higher in 40-59 year olds, women, and non-Hispanic black persons than in other demographic groups (see the chart below).
For more information, please visit the NCHS FastStats page on depression at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/depression.htm, or visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db07.pdf.
January 14, 2010
New data in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) from NCHS statisticians show that the increasing rate of obesity may be slowing, although the prevalence of adults who are obese is still high. The numbers from 2007-2008 show that 33.8% of U.S. adults are obese (32.2% for men, 35.5% for women). The growth of the obesity rate in the U.S. over the past 40 years is depicted below.
Obesity by age, United States, 1971-1974 through 2005-2006:
For the data table, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus08.pdf and see Trend Table 75.
January 6, 2010
Cervical cancer once was the leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S., and although the cases and deaths of cervical cancer have decreased over the past 40 years due largely to regular Pap tests, the disease still was responsible for almost 4,000 deaths in 2006 (most recent data available). The rates vary somewhat, but not widely, by state. See how your area compares below.
Cervical death rates per 100,000 women, United States, 2006
For more information on cervical cancer, visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/index.htm.
For more information on cancer mortality, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm.
December 30, 2009
What’s your new year’s resolution? For many people this time of year, losing weight and/or getting active tops the list. But when it comes to getting exercise (or, as we at NCHS term it, regular leisure-time physical activity), only about 35% of Americans are making it a priority (although, the percentage of those getting regular exercise in January through June of 2009 did increase from the same period in 2008). Take a look at the most recent statistics –
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and over who engaged in regular leisure-time physical activity: United States, 1997-June 2009 (Data from the National Health Interviewy Survey):
The answer? Don’t give up. And this year, if losing weight and getting active is your goal, maybe it’s time to give your resolution more than lip service.
For more details, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/released200912.htm.
December 16, 2009
NCHS now has an easy way for you to check out where your state stands on a variety of health measures compared with the nation as a whole and other states, including the following:
- Mortality from leading causes of death
- Birth data, including births to unmarried mothers, teen births, cesarean deliveries, low birthweight births, prenatal care, and preterm births
- Households using only wireless phones
- Infant mortality rates
- Marriage and divorce rates
- Percentage of people under 65 without health insurance
To use this tool, click on the image below.
December 9, 2009
What gift did every American get this year? Well, for one thing, everyone now has a longer life expectancy. Of course, it’s not a one size fits all – there are still differences among the races and genders, as shown in the bullets below. Everyone’s life expectancy has increased, however, regardless of where he or she started a year before.
Life expectancy from birth…
- Everyone – 77.7 years in 2006; 77.9 years in 2007
- White Female – 80.6 years in 2006; 80.7 years in 2007
- Black Female – 76.5 years in 2006; 77.0 years in 2007
- White Male – 75.7 years in 2006; 75.8 years in 2007
- Black Male – 69.7 years in 2006; 70.2 years in 2007
For more information, visit the life expectancy page at NCHS.