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Emergency Department Visits by Persons Aged 65 and Over: United States, 2009-2010
In 2009-2010, a total of 19.6 million emergency department (ED) visits in the United States were made by persons aged 65 and over. The visit rate for this age group was 511 per 1,000 persons and increased with age.
Notes from the Field: Acute Hepatitis and Liver Failure Following the Use of a Dietary Supplement Intended for Weight Loss or Muscle Building -- May-October 2013
A number of previously healthy individuals developed acute hepatitis and sudden liver failure of unknown cause after using a dietary supplement for weight loss or muscle building. CDC recommends increased vigilance by public health agencies, emergency departments, and healthcare providers for patients who develop acute hepatitis or liver failure following use of a weight loss or muscle building nutritional supplement.
Prescription Painkiller Overdose
About 18 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the US, more than 6,600 deaths in 2010. Prescription painkiller overdoses are an under-recognized and growing problem for women.
Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers and Other Drugs Among Women — United States, 1999–2010
In 2010, a total of 15,323 deaths among women were attributed to drug overdose, a rate of 9.8 per 100,000 population. Deaths from opioid pain relievers (OPRs) increased fivefold between 1999 and 2010 for women. Health-care providers should follow guidelines for responsible prescribing, including screening and monitoring for substance abuse and mental health problems, when prescribing OPR.
Healthy Things Every Mother Should Do
Moms should make their health a priority and take simple steps to live a safer and healthier life. While being a mother means caring for others, here are a few things moms can do to take care of themselves. Moms of every age can take steps to live a safer and healthier life.
Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005–2010
Increased consumption of added sugars has been linked to a decrease in intake of essential micronutrients and an increase in body weight. Women aged 20–39 consumed an average 275 kcals from added sugars, women aged 40–59 consumed 236 kcals from added sugars, and women aged 60 and over consumed 182 kcals from added sugars.
10 Tips for a Healthy and Safe Prom
Follow these tips to make sure your prom is fun, safe, and healthy!
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First Premarital Cohabitation in the United States: 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth
This report provides an updated description of trends and patterns in first premarital cohabitations among women aged 15–44 in the United States using the National Survey of Family Growth. Trends in pregnancies within first premarital cohabiting unions and differences by Hispanic origin and race, and education are also presented.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Caitlin's Story
March is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) awareness month. About 300,000 to 600,000 people are newly affected by DVT each year in the United States. Read about one woman's experience with DVT.
Mobile Device Use While Driving — United States and Seven European Countries, 2011
In the United States, few differences by sex were observed. A significantly larger percentage of both men and women aged 25–44 years reported talking on a cell phone while driving compared with those aged 55–64 years, and a significantly larger percentage of men and women aged 18–34 years reported that they had read or sent text or e-mail messages while driving compared with those aged 45–64 years.
Launch of Sortable Stats 2.0 - Your Interactive Database for Behavioral Risk Factors and Health Indicators (10/30/2012)
Sortable Stats is an interactive database with data on 31 behavioral risk factors and health indicators. The updated Sortable Stats 2.0 site provides users with easy access to extensive public health data on a state/region and enables comparison with other states/regions and the nation.
Calories Consumed From Alcoholic Beverages by U.S. Adults, 2007–2010 (10/30/2012)
Men consume more calories from alcoholic beverages than women. Women in age groups 20–39 and 40–59 consume about 60 alcohol calories on average, while older women consume about one-half of that amount—33 calories.
Cluster of Cases of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) (10/30/2012)
CDC and FDA are working with the Tennessee Department of Health on investigating a cluster of at least 12 patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) who have injected the opioid pain reliever, Opana ER®, for nonmedical reasons since February, 2012. Most cases of drug-associated TTP occur in women.
Upcoming National Survey of Family Growth Research Conference (9/30/2012)
Registration is now OPEN for the 2012 Research Conference on the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), hosted by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), on Wednesday and Thursday October 17 and 18, 2012. The conference will be held at NCHS located in Hyattsville, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC.
Key Statistics from the National Survey of Family Growth (8/30/2012)
These Key Statistics give some of the most important findings from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). All results are from published reports or special tabulations. Where available, a hyperlink to the source report is given.
CDC Telebriefing on West Nile Virus Update, Wednesday, August 29 (8/30/2012)
As of August 28th, 2012, a total of 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes. Forty-three states have reported at least one human case of West Nile virus disease.
Women’s History Month 2012 (3/30/2012)
The 2012 theme for Women's History Month is "Women's Education-Women's Empowerment". Learn about the connection between education and women's health.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Caitlin's Story (3/30/2012)
About 300,000 to 600,000 people are newly affected by DVT each year in the United States. Read about one woman's experience with DVT.
Planning for the Big Day! Wedding Health and Safety Tips (3/30/2012)
Planning a wedding can be wonderful and stressful, so make decisions that support the day and your mental and physical health. Include ways to be safe and healthy on your wedding plan "to do" list.
First Marriages in the United States: Data from the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth (3/30/2012)
This report shows trends and group differences in current marital status, with a focus on first marriages among women and men aged 15-44 years in the United States. In 2006-2010, women and men married for the first time at older ages than in previous years. The median age at first marriage was 25.8 for women and 28.3 for men.
75 Years of Mortality in the United States, 1935-2010 (3/30/2012)
While the overall risk of mortality decreased 60 percent over this 75-year period, there were fluctuations in the rate of decline most likely associated with changes in the broader environment. Between 1935 and 2010, age-adjusted death rates decreased by 56 percent for males and 62 percent for females.
Women’s Health Ebrief (3/30/2012)
This e-brief provides summaries of recent research findings, funding, and programs in women’s health at CDC.
Raw (Unpasteurized) Milk) (3/8/2012)
Raw milk can carry harmful germs that can make you very sick or kill you. The risk of getting sick from drinking raw milk is greater for infants and young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer, an organ transplant, or HIV/AIDS, than it is for healthy school-aged children and adults.
Gather and Share Your Family Health History (12/29/2011)
If you are concerned about a disease running in your family, collect your family health history and talk to your doctor at your next visit. A doctor can evaluate all of the factors that may affect your risk of some diseases, including family health history, and can recommend ways to reduce that risk.
Test Your Knowledge: Health and Safety Quizzes and Tools (12/29/2011)
Learn more about your health and safety. Select from the list of topics and take the quiz. Call or see your health provider if you have questions or concerns.
Best Practices for Screening Reproductive Aged Women for Chronic Disease and Related Risk Factors, Preventing Chronic Disease, November 2011 (11/3/2011)
Ten articles on women’s health issues are featured in the November 2011 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease.
Drinking and Driving: A Threat to Everyone (11/3/2011)
Alcohol-impaired drivers are involved in about 1 in 3 crash deaths, resulting in nearly 11,000 deaths in 2009. Driving drunk is never OK. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.
A Public Health Approach for Advancing Sexual Health in the United States: Rationale and Options for Implementation (9/16/2011)
On April 28-29, 2010, CDC held a consultation with 67 experts in the field of sexual health to discuss the elements of the green paper and to further explore the rationale, vision, and priority actions for a public health approach to advance sexual health in the United States. This report is a summary of the meeting’s proceedings.
Carbon Monoxide Exposures - United States, 2000-2009 (9/16/2011)
Although symptoms varied slightly between persons managed on-site and those treated at a health-care facility, most CO exposures occurred at home and most often involved females, children aged ≤17 years, and adults aged 18-44 years.
Resting Pulse Rate Reference Data for Children, Adolescents, and Adults: United States, 1999-2008 (9/16/2011)
There is a significant gender difference, with the male pulse rate plateauing in early adulthood, while the female resting pulse plateaus later when middle-aged. RPR is inversely associated with age.
National Prevention Strategy: America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness (6/15/2011)
The National Prevention Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. Created by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council in consultation with the public and an Advisory Group of outside experts, the Strategy recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care but from stopping disease before it starts.
Vital Signs: Asthma Prevalence, Disease Characteristics, and Self-Management Education - United States, 2001-2009 (5/10/2011)
Significant differences in prevalence by age, sex, and race/ethnicity persisted over the observed period. Prevalence among adults was greatest for women (9.7%) and adults who were poor (10.6%).
Vitamin D Status: United States, 2001-2006 (3/30/2011)
This brief presents the most recent national data on vitamin D status in the U.S. population based on these IOM categories. Results are presented by age, sex, race and ethnicity, and, for women, by pregnancy and lactation status.
Health Disparities and Inequalities Report -- United States, 2011 (1/24/2011)
This is the first in a series of periodic, consolidated assessments that highlight health disparities by sex, race and ethnicity, income, education, disability status and other social characteristics in the U.S. The report provides analysis and reporting of the recent trends and ongoing variations in health disparities and inequalities in selected social and health indicators.
Seat Belt Use in the US (1/24/2011)
Millions of Americans are not protected from injury because they aren't wearing their seat belts on every trip. Find out what can be done to increase seat belt use in the U.S.
Hospital Discharge Survey: 2006 Annual Summary (1/10/2011)
This report presents 2006 national estimates and selected trend data on the use of nonfederal short-stay hospitals in the United States. An estimated 34.9 million inpatients were discharged from nonfederal short-stay hospitals in 2006. For females, results include - Over one-half of all deliveries resulted in a length of stay of 2 or fewer days. The rate of episiotomies per 100 vaginal deliveries decreased from 43.2 in 1996 to 16.0 in 2006.
States Life Tables by Hispanic Origin (10/29/2010)
Life expectancy at birth for the total population in 2006 was 77.7 years; 80.6 years for the Hispanic population, 78.1 years for the non-Hispanic white population, and 72.9 years for the non-Hispanic black population. Among the six Hispanic origin-race sex groups, Hispanic females have the highest life expectancy at birth, followed by non-Hispanic white females, Hispanic males, non-Hispanic black females, non-Hispanic white males, and non-Hispanic black males.
Trends in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Adults --- United
States, 2000-2009 (9/30/2010)
Overall in 2009, the prevalence of consuming fruit two or more times per day or vegetables three or more times per day varied substantially by selected characteristics, with the greatest prevalences observed among women, persons aged ≥65 years, college graduates, persons with annual household income ≥$50,000, and persons with a body mass index <25.0.
Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2007 Outpatient Department Summary (9/30/2010)
During 2007, an estimated 88.9 million visits were made to hospital outpatient departments in the United States: about 30.0 visits per 100 persons. Females (36.7 per 100 persons) had higher OPD visit rates than males (23.0 visits per 100 persons).
Drug Use Continues to Increase: U.S. Prescription Drug Data for 2007-2008 (9/30/2010)
Over the last 10 years, the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44% to 48%. The use of two or more drugs increased from 25% to 31%. The use of five or more drugs increased from 6% to 11%. Women were more likely to use prescription drugs than men.
Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being (7/30/2010)
This chartbook provides a comprehensive picture of our older population’s health and well-being. Older women outnumbered older men in the United States, and the proportion that is female increased with age. In 2008, women accounted for 58 percent of the population age 65 and over and for 67 percent of the population 85 and over.
Life Tables (7/30/2010)
This report presents complete period life tables by age, race, and sex for the United States based on age-specific death rates in 2006.
2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth: Sample Design and Analysis
of a Continuous Survey (7/30/2010)
This report describes the sample design of the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), which uses a new continuous design, and its implications for statistical research.
Utilization Among Women Aged ≥40 Years with Eye Diseases - 19 States,
This report summarizes the results of an analysis, which indicated that 21% of women with self-reported DR, 12% of women with self-reported glaucoma, and 8% of women with self-reported age-related macular degeneration did not visit an eye-care provider in the recommended follow-up period.
States Life Tables, 2005 (4/1/2010)
This report presents period life tables by age, race, and sex for the United States based on age-specific death rates in 2005. From 2004 to 2005, life expectancy at birth remained the same for males (74.9), females (79.9), the white population (77.9), white males (75.4), white females (80.4), the black population (72.8), and black males (69.3). Life expectancy at birth increased for black females (from 76.0 to 76.1).
Behaviors of Adults: United States, 2005-2007 (4/1/2010)
This report presents selected prevalence estimates for key indicators of alcohol use, cigarette smoking, leisure-time physical activity, body weight status, and sleep among U.S. adults, using data from the 2005-2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
of the American Indian or Alaska Native Adult Population: United States, 2004-2008 (pdf)
This report compares national estimates for health behaviors, health care utilization, health conditions, immunizations, and HIV testing status for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) with those for white, black, Asian and Hispanic adults 18 years of age and over. The results show the health challenges faced by this particular demographic group.
and Cohabitation in the United States: A Statistical Portrait based on Cycle
6 (2002) of the National Survey of Family Growth (4/1/2010)
This report provides an overview of marital and cohabiting relationships in the United States among men and women 15-44 years of age in 2002, by a variety of characteristics. National estimates are provided that highlight formal and informal marital status; previous experience with marriage and cohabitation; the sequencing of marriage and cohabitation, and the stability of cohabitations and marriages.
RSS Feeds (3/1/2010)
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Health, United States,
The Health, United States series presents national trends in health statistics. This year's report featured a special section on medical technology, and finds the use of medical technology in the United States has increased dramatically between 1996 and 2006.
Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey,
This report presents health statistics from the 2009 National Health Interview Survey for the civilian noninstitutionalized adult population, classified by sex, age, race and ethnicity, education, family income, poverty status, health insurance coverage, marital status, and place and region of residence.
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