New Mobile App Provides Up-to-Date U.S. Health Statistics on the Go

February 11, 2015

The National Center for Health Statistics announces the launch of FastStats, a mobile version of NCHS’s FastStats website that provides on-the-go access to current statistics on topics of public health importance.

FastStats for iOS puts access to topic-specific NCHS content at the fingertips of health care providers and clinicians. Topics include diseases and conditions, injuries, life stages and populations, health care and insurance, and birth and mortality data for each U.S. state and territory. Content is updated automatically when the device is connected to the internet, giving the user the most up-to-date health statistics available.

FastStats is optimized to give users the ability to personalize their mobile experience, including highlighting, annotations, and bookmarks. Users can also share their data discoveries with colleagues through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

FastStats is the first mobile application to be released by NCHS. It is currently available from Apple’s App Store for iOS 6.0 and later. An Android version is currently in development.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/mobile-application.htm


Latest Obesity Trends Offer Mixed Picture

February 26, 2014

Obesity among preschoolers ages 2 to 5 dropped from approximately 14% in 2003-04 to 8.4% in 2011-12, according to new research in the February 26 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  However, there was no change in obesity prevalence for all children and adolescents between 2 and 19 years of age – and obesity prevalence among women age 60 and over increased significantly from 31% to 38% over this period.

The article, “Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012,” authored by Cynthia L. Ogden, Margaret D. Carroll, Brian K. Kit, and Katherine M. Flegal of the National Center for Health Statistics, shows that 17% of youth and 35% of adults age 20 and over in the United States are obese.

The study is based on analysis of  data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), covering two-year cycles from 2003-04 through 2011-12.


Report on Hurricane Katrina’s effect on the number of births in the Gulf Region released

August 26, 2009

 

On Friday, August 28, 2009, CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics released “The Effect of Hurricane Katrina: Births in the U.S. Gulf Coast Region, Before and After the Storm.” The report documents how births were impacted in 91 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated counties and parishes of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi for a 12-month period before and after Hurricane Katrina (August 29, 2004 to August 28, 2006). Visit the NCHS Press Room for more information.


Obesity information-it starts with the letters NHANES

August 5, 2009

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released information concerning the prevalence and costs of the growing epidemic of obesity in the United States. Some of the most critical information concerning the weight of the nation is collected in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which takes actual measurements of a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population.

For the most recent information on obesity and overweight, please visit the Health E-Stat report at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/overweight/overweight_adult.htm.

For a more general overview, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/overwt.htm.

As always, the NCHS press office can be reached at 301-458-4800.


Health news you may have missed

April 15, 2009

The National Center for Health Statistics’ Office of Public Affairs keeps an archive of previously released press releases going back to 1994. The news releases cover the wide range of important and interesting health topics that our data cover. To search these news releases by date or by subject matter, visit the NCHS Press Room and click on the News Release Archives link.

 

Some recent highlights:

 

Teen Birth Rates Up Again in 2007 

 

Wireless Phone Use Varies Widely Across U.S.

 

Latest Report on Nation’s Health Focuses on Young Adults

 

4 in 10 Adults, 1 in 9 Kids Use CAM Therapy

 

See more at www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/news_archives.htm

 

 

 


Outpatient surgeries increase in the U.S.

January 28, 2009

The number of outpatient surgery visits in the United States increased from 1996 to 2006, from 20.8 million to 34.7 million visits. Outpatient surgery visits accounted for about one half of all surgery visits in 1996 but nearly two thirds of all surgery visits in 2006. A new report from NCHS, “Ambulatory Surgery in the United States, 2006,” contains the first data on outpatient surgery visits since 1996. The data were collected from 142 hospitals and 295 freestanding centers as part of the National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery (NSAS).

Highlights:

•Females had significantly more ambulatory surgery visits (20 million) than males (14.7 million).

•The procedures performed most often during outpatient surgery visits included endoscopies of the large intestine (5.8 million) and small intestine (3.5 million) and extraction of lens for cataract surgery (3.1 million).

•The leading diagnosis for outpatient surgery visits was cataract, with 3 million visits, followed by benign tumor (neoplasm) with 2 million visits and malignant tumor with 1.2 million visits.