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Teen Health Statistics

Posted by medliorator on September 11, 2008

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) presents selected health measures for children under 18 years of age… The interviewed sample for 2006 consisted of 29,204 households, which yielded 75,7116 people in 29,868 families. Within these families, data was collected on 8,837 children under the age of 18.

  • 14% have been diagnosed with asthma (boys, black children, and poor children were more likely to have been diagnosed);
  • 13% of children take a prescription medication regularly for a health condition;
  • 10% had no health insurance coverage;
  • 8% have a learning disability;
  • 7% of children had unmet dental needs (37% of uninsured children had no dental care within two years);
  • 7% of children had ADHD (boys are twice as likely as girls to receive this diagnosis);and
  • 5% of children missed 11 or more days of school in the past year due to illness or injury (children in single-mother families were more than twice as likely to miss > 11 days of school compared with children in two-parent families).

Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2006 [Teen Health 411]

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Assessing Death Risks

Posted by medliorator on September 9, 2008

the effect of smoking on mortality risk is like adding 5 to 10 years of age. After publication of the first set of charts, we received many messages from patients, providers, and colleagues suggesting that the charts may be especially useful in smoking prevention and cessation efforts.

The Risk of Death by Age, Sex, and Smoking Status in the United States: Putting Health Risks in Context [Journal of the National Cancer Institute]

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