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Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the 2014 National Health Interview Survey
Estimates are provided for 15 selected health measures based on data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and presents estimates from 1997 through 2013 for comparison.

Prescription Opioid Analgesic Use Among Adults:United States, 1999–2012
During 2007–2012, the use of opioid analgesics was higher among women (7.2%) than men (6.3%). Women aged 20–39 also were less likely (5.2%) than those aged 40–59 (8.0%) or 60 and over (8.6%) to use opioid analgesics.

Births: Final Data for 2013
A total of 3,932,181 births were registered in the United States in 2013, down less than 1% from 2012. The number of births declined for non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women but did not appreciably change for non-Hispanic black women from 2012 to 2013.

Chronic Disease Indicators
The 2015 CDI is an integrated source for comprehensive access to a wide range of key indicators for the surveillance of chronic diseases, conditions, and risk factors. Eighteen topic categories and 124 indicators include women’s health conditions and risk factors, as well as social context.

Mortality in the United States, 2013
Life expectancy for the U.S. population in 2013 was unchanged from 2012 at 78.8 years. In 2013, life expectancy was 81.2 years for females and 76.4 for males. Life expectancy for females was consistently higher than that for males. In 2013, the difference in life expectancy between females and males was 4.8 years, the same as in 2012.

Lung Obstruction Among Adults Aged 40–79: United States, 2007–2012
During 2007–2012, almost 15% (14.7%) of adults aged 40–79 had any lung obstruction; 9.4% had mild and 5.3% had moderate or worse lung obstruction. A similar percentage of men and women had lung obstruction, overall and at each level of severity.

Prescription Cholesterol-lowering Medication Use in Adults Aged 40 and Over: United States, 2003–2012
Prescription cholesterol-lowering medication use increased with age, from 17.4% in adults aged 40–59 to 43.3% in adults aged 60–74 and 47.6% in adults aged 75 and over. There was no significant difference between men (30.1%) and women (26.2%) or any race and Hispanic origin groups (24.1%–28.9%) in the percentage that used a prescription cholesterol-lowering medication

CDC Women’s Health Year in Review: 2014
CDC’s contributions to women’s health focused on better understanding, improving, and promoting the health, safety, and quality of life of women of all ages. Learn about some of the contributions CDC made to women's health in 2014.

Sexual Orientation in the 2013 National Health Interview Survey: A Quality Assessment
Based on the 2013 NHIS data, 96.6% of adults identified as straight, 1.6% identified as gay/lesbian, and 0.7% identified as bisexual.


CDC Prevention Checklist
Preventive health care can help you stay healthier throughout your life. For many people, certain preventive health care is now free, with no copays or deductibles. Learn about the preventive care that you and your loved ones need and ask your healthcare provider what health care you need to stay healthy.

Mortality in the United States, 2012
These data provide information on mortality patterns among residents of the United States by such variables as sex, race and ethnicity, and cause of death. In 2012, life expectancy was 81.2 years for females and 76.4 for males. Life expectancy for females was consistently higher than that for males. In 2012, the difference in life expectancy between females and males was 4.8 years, the same as in 2011.

Day of the Girl
October 11 was International Day of the Girl Child, also known as Day of the Girl. Learn about several important issues in the United States and what we can do to promote the health and safety of girls.

Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2013
Based on the 2013 NHIS data, 96.6% of adults identified as straight, 1.6% identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% identified as bisexual. Significant differences were found in health-related behaviors, health status, health care service utilization, and health

Health, United States, 2013 Includes Special Section on Prescription Drugs
The report includes a compilation of health data from state and federal health agencies and the private sector. This year’s report includes a special section on prescription drugs.

Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2012
Two of the findings from this report: the rate of medically consulted injury and poisoning episodes occurring inside the home was higher for females than for males.


Winnable Battles Progress Report 2010-2015
CDC set clear goals and established meaningful indicators of success for key winnable battles, including healthcare-associated infections; tobacco; nutrition, physical activity, and obesity; food safety; motor vehicle safety; teen pregnancy; and HIV prevention. The Winnable Battles Progress Report 2010-2015 shows where we are on meeting our 2015 goals.

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!

CDC Stacks
CDC Stacks comprises curated collections of full-text peer reviewed articles, guidelines and recommendations, and many more documents on a broad range of public health topics. The documents are retained indefinitely and are available for public health professionals and researchers, as well as the general public.

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.

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