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MMWR Supplement Published

Thursday, October 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today published CDC National Health Report: Leading Sources of Morbidity, Mortality, and Associated Behavioral Risk and Protective Factors—United States, 2005–2013 as a Supplement to its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The report provides a concise review of the health of the U.S. population, with indicators that give a quick assessment on how well the United States is succeeding in addressing high-priority health issues with data on the 10 leading causes of death in the United States and associated risk and protective factors. Trend data are included from 2005 to the most recent data available.

Key findings include:

  • Since 2005, life expectancy at birth in the United States has increased by 1 year; however, the number of people who died prematurely was relatively consistent.The years of potential life lost declined for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death.
  • Age-adjusted rates declined among all leading causes except deaths attributable to Alzheimer's disease and suicide, although the numbers of deaths increased for most causes.
  • Heart disease, stroke, and deaths attributed to motor-vehicle injuries all showed notable declines since 2005.
  • Current smoking among adults remained stable at approximately 25% while smoking among youth declined to a record low of 16%. Obesity rates remained level at 35% for adults and 17% for youth. Approximately 21% of adults met recommended levels of physical activity, consistent with results recorded in the 3 previous years.

During the 2012–13 influenza season, vaccination rates reached highs of 72% for health care personnel, 57% for children 17 years of age and younger, 51% for pregnant women, and 42% for people aged >18 years.

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