February 21, 2020
In 2018, among adults aged 25 years or older, women (69.4%) were more likely than men (61.2%) to have seen a dentist in the past year.
The percentage of men and women who saw a dentist in the past year increased as education level increased. Among women, those with a Bachelor’s degree or higher were the most likely to have seen a dentist in the past year (82.5%) and those with less than a high school education were least likely (51.4%).
Among men, the same pattern prevailed (74.6% compared with 41.9%).
Within each education group, the percentage of women who saw a dentist in the past year was higher than the percentage of men.
February 14, 2020
From 2010–2013 to 2014–2017, the percentage of emergency department (ED) visits for acute viral upper respiratory tract infection that had an antimicrobial given or prescribed, hereafter referred to as ED visits, decreased from 23.4% to 17.6%.
A decline was also seen for ED visits by children, decreasing from 17.9% to 10.1%, but a decline was not seen for ED visits by adults. In both periods, the percentage of ED visits by adults was higher than the percentage of ED visits by children.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics. National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2010–2017. ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/Datasets/NHAMCS.
February 7, 2020
Although the percentage of Hispanic adults aged 18–64 years who had a usual place to go for medical care was higher in 2018 (74.1%) than in 2008 (67.3%), Hispanic adults remained the least likely to have a usual place to go for medical care.
Non-Hispanic white adults were the most likely to have a usual place for medical care in both 2008 (85.0%) and 2018 (85.5%).
In 2008, 78.7% of non-Hispanic black adults had a usual place for health care compared with 80.4% in 2018.
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2008 and 2018 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.
January 31, 2020
In 2018, 4.7% of males and 5.3% of females had a stomach illness that started in the past 2 weeks.
Among children and adolescents aged 0–17 years, no difference was observed in the percentage of males and females who had a stomach illness that started in the past 2 weeks. However, among adults, women were more likely to have had a stomach illness than men.
This held for those aged 18–64 years (5.3% of women compared with 4.5% of men) and those aged 65 years or older (5.8% versus 4.2%).
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2018 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.
December 20, 2019
The rate of emergency department visits with a primary diagnosis or primary complaint of substance abuse or dependence by patients aged 18–34 years in the United States increased from 45.4 visits per 10,000 persons in 2008–2009 to 76.0 visits in 2016–2017 but remained stable among patients aged 35 years or older (27.2 in 2008–2009 and 24.6 in 2016–2017).
In both periods, persons aged 18–34 years were more likely to visit the ED for substance abuse or dependence than those aged 35 years or older.
Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2008–2017.
December 13, 2019
During 2017–2018, 8.2% of adults aged 18 years or older took medication to help fall or stay asleep four or more times in the past week (6.6% for men and 9.7% for women).
Among men, the percentage who took medication for sleep four or more times in the past week increased with age from 3.8% among those aged 18–44 years to 10.7% among those aged 65 years or older.
Among women, the percentage increased from 5.8% for those aged 18–44 years to 12.7% among those aged 45–64 years and 13.2% among those aged 65 years older.
Across all age groups, the percentage was higher among women than men.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2017 and 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.