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National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Health Exam Tests

 

Health Measurements by Participant Age and Gender

  • Physician’s exam - all ages
  • Blood pressure - ages 8 years and older
  • Bone density - ages 8 years and older
  • Condition of teeth - ages 5 years and older
  • Vision test - ages 12 years and older
  • Hearing test - ages 12-19 years and 70 years and older
  • Height, weight, and other body measures - all ages
  • Ophthalmology exam for eye diseases - ages 40 and older
  • Breathing tests - ages 6-79 years

 

Lab Tests on Urine: (6 years and older)

  • Kidney function tests - ages 6 years and older
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea - ages 14-39
  • Exposure to environmental chemicals - selected persons ages 6 and older 
  • Pregnancy test - females 12 years and older and girls 8-11 years who have periods

 

Lab Tests on Blood: (1 year and older)

  • Anemia - all ages
  • Total Cholesterol and HDL - ages 6 years and older
  • Glucose measures - ages 12 years and older
  • Infectious diseases - ages 2 years and older
  • Kidney function tests - ages 12 years and older
  • Lead - 1 year and older
  • Cadmium - 1 year and older
  • Mercury - ages 1 and older
  • Liver function tests - ages 12 years and older
  • Nutrition status - 1 year and older
  • Thyroid function test - ages 12 years and older
  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)- males ages 40 and older
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STD)
  • Genital Herpes - ages 14-49 years
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - ages 18-49 years
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) antibody - ages 14-59 years
  • Exposure to environmental chemicals - selected persons ages 6 and older

 

Lab Tests on Water

  • Environmental chemicals - 12 years and older in half of households

 

Other Lab Tests

  • Vaginal swabs (self-administered) females ages 14-59 years
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) ages 14-59 years

 

Private Health Interviews

  • Health status - ages 12 and older
  • Questions about drug and alcohol use - ages 12 years and older (No drug testing will be done)
  • Nutrition - all ages
  • Reproductive health - females ages 12 years and older
  • Questions about sexual experience - ages 14-69 years
  • Tobacco use - ages 12 years and older

 

After the Visit to the NHANES Examination Center

  • Persons asked about the foods they eat will receive a phone call 3-10 days after their exam for a similar interview, all ages.
  • Then participants, or an adult for participants 1-15 years old, will be asked about food shopping habits.
  • Persons who test positive for hepatitis C will be asked to participate in a brief telephone interview 6 months after the exam.  Parents will respond for children.

 

 

 

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