New Estimates for 15 selected health measures based on data from the January–March 2015 National Health Interview Survey

September 1, 2015

A new report from NCHS updates estimates for 15 selected health measures based on data from the January–March 2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and presents estimates from 1997 through 2014 for comparison. The 15 Early Release measures are being published prior to final data editing and final weighting to provide access to the most recent information from NHIS. The estimates will be updated as each new quarter of NHIS data becomes available.

Key Findings from the Report:

  • The prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults aged 20 and over increased from 19.4% in 1997 to 30.2% in January–March 2015.
  • The prevalence of current cigarette smoking among U.S. adults declined from 24.7% in 1997 to 15.2% in January–March 2015.
  • In the first quarter of 2015, the percentages of adults who had received an influenza vaccination during the past 12 months were 71.9% for adults aged 65 and over, 50.7% for those aged 50–64, and 32.5% for those aged 18–49.

 

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Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the 2013 National Health Interview Survey

June 19, 2014

A new report from NCHS updates estimates for 15 selected health measures based on data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and presents estimates from 1997 through 2012 for comparison. The 15 Early Release measures are being published prior to final data editing and final weighting to provide access to the most recent information from NHIS. The estimates will be updated as each new quarter of NHIS data becomes available.

 The 15 measures included in the report are lack of health insurance coverage and type of coverage, having a usual place to go for medical care, obtaining needed medical care, receipt of influenza vaccination, receipt of pneumococcal vaccination, obesity, leisure-time physical activity, current cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, general health status, personal care needs, serious psychological distress, diagnosed diabetes, and asthma episodes and current asthma.

Please click on the link below to view the results by health measure:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/released201406.htm


New report on CAM therapy

December 10, 2008

A new report was released by NCHS in collaboration with NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This report covers complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in the United States and common CAM therapies used by adults and children.

Highlights:
4 in 10 adults use CAM therapy.
1 in 9 children use CAM therapy.

Click here for full report.


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.