Stat Line

April 4, 2014

The latest data on 15 selected health measures based on data from the National Health Interview Survey with five year interval trend points.

The 15 measures include smoking, obesity, physical activity, alcohol consumption, HIV testing, health insurance, usual place for medical care, obtaining needed medical care, influenza vaccination, pneumococcal vaccination, general health status, personal care needs, serious psychological distress, diagnosed diabetes, and asthma.




Americans turning to internet for health info

February 4, 2010

From January through June 2009, 51% of adults aged 18-64 had used the Internet to look up health information during the past 12 months. This information was collected from NCHS’ National Health Interview Survey, featured in a new web release. The data underscores the important role that IT is playing in the health field, as people search for answers quickly and exhaustively from the privacy of their own computer. Here’s the breakdown by sex:

Other data include the following:

Among adults aged 18-64, women were more likely than men to look up health information on the Internet (58.0% versus 43.4%) and were also more likely to use online chat groups to learn about health topics (4.1% versus 2.5%).

From January through June 2009, almost 5% of adults aged 18-64 had communicated with a health care provider by e-mail in the past 12 months.

During the first 6 months of 2009, 6% of adults aged 18-64 requested a refill of a prescription on the Internet, and almost 3% had made an appointment with a health care provider in the past 12 months using the Internet.

For the full report, visit


Health insurance stats – down to basics…

October 7, 2009

In 2008, 43.8 million people of all ages(14.7%) were uninsured at the time of interview. After adjusting for age and sex, the percentage uninsured at the time of interview was 30.7% for Hispanics, 10.4% for the non-Hispanic white population, and 16.0% for the non-Hispanic black population. The percentage of people under age 65 with no health insurance coverage remained stable during 1990–2007, after increasing from 1978 to 1990.

Health Insurance Trends

New health insurance coverage numbers/percentages released for first quarter 2009

September 23, 2009

Today the National Center for Health Statistics released the first numbers for health insurance coverage and non-coverage for 2009 (first quarter, January through March). Below shows the percentage of the population that was uninsured last year, as well as the percentage of the population covered by a public or private plan.

Percentage of person without health insruance by age group and percentage by type of coverage

For more information from this report, visit




1 in 6 households only have wireless telephones

December 17, 2008

A new report released today by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has the latest estimates for the number of households using wireless telephones exclusively, as well as general use of wireless phones by the population. NCHS keeps track of wireless phone usage for methodological purposes relating to its surveys. Visit for more information, or click here.

A brief look at asthma

November 5, 2008

Two weeks ago, NCHS released a report concerning the prevalence of food allergies in children. In this report, the authors reported that “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.” According to the report, about 3 million children have food allergies. However, statistics show that asthma affects almost 7 million children, and asthma rates more than doubled between the 1980s and 1990s. The cause of the condition, like food allergies, is still relatively uknown (Advance Data 381).

For more Asthma statistics, click here.



First 2008 data on selected health measures released.

September 29, 2008

The first 2008 data (January through March) on selected health measures has been released. Estimates on vaccination, access to health care, and chronic conditions are now available. Please click here for more information!