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CDC Gov Doc/Data: Trends in Out-of-Hospital Births in the United States, 1990–2012
Table of Contents:
Key findings
In 2012, 1.36% of U.S. births were born outside a hospital, up from 1.26% in 2011.
In 2012, 1 in 49 births to non-Hispanic white women were out-of-hospital births.
The percentage of out-of-hospital births was generally higher in the northwestern United States and lower in the southeastern United States.
Out-of-hospital births generally had a lower risk profile than hospital births.
The risk profile of out-of-hospital births declined from 2004 through 2012.
Summary
Definitions
Data sources and methods
References

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CDC Gov Doc/Data: Trends in Out-of-Hospital Births in the United States, 1990–2012

Table of Contents:

Key findings

Summary

Definitions

Data sources and methods

References

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SAMSHA Gov Doc/Data: State Estimates of Adult Mental Illness from the 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health

Mental illness is a major public health concern in the United States. Information on the prevalence of mental illness is needed to help guide and inform effective treatment and prevention programs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides block grant funding to States in support of programs and services for adults with mental illness with the goal to improve the life of adults and their capacity to work in their community.

SAMHSA defines mental illness based on diagnostic criteria in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

Any mental illness (AMI) among adults aged 18 or older is the presence of any mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year that met DSM-IV criteria.

Among adults with a disorder, those adults whose disorder caused substantial functional impairment (i.e., a disorder that substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities) are defined as having serious mental illness (SMI) and have the most urgent need for treatment. In 2012, only 62.9 percent of adults with SMI (6.0 million people) had received mental health treatment nationally in the past 12 months.

This issue of The NSDUH Report presents State-level estimates of SMI based on data collected from approximately 92,400 adults aged 18 or older from the combined 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs).

Summary:

  • Among adults aged 18 or older, the rate of serious mental illness (SMI) in the past year ranged from 3.1 percent in New Jersey to 5.5 percent in West Virginia; nationally the rate was 4.0 percent, which equates to 9.3 million Americans with SMI
  • Nationally, 42.5 million adults aged 18 or older experienced any mental illness (AMI) in the past year, corresponding to a rate of 18.2 percent of the adult population; among States, AMI rates ranged from 14.7 percent in New Jersey to 22.3 percent in Utah

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POTUS Gov Doc: New Clean Car and Fuel Standards

On March 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took action to significantly cut smog, soot and other harmful air pollution from our cars and trucks.  The new clean car and fuel standards – which are strongly supported by automakers, public health groups and other stakeholders – require better-performing pollution controls in vehicles, and cleaner gasoline…

These new standards represent a major step in the President’s work to improve air quality and public health in our communities.  And they build on an already-strong record that includes:

  • first-ever national limits on mercury and other toxic pollution from power plants
  • long-overdue limits on toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators
  • rules to cut smog-forming pollutants from oil and gas wells, and
  • tighter air quality standards for particulate pollution (or soot), reflecting new science about dangerous health impacts 

Today’s action also rounds out the Administration’s national clean car program.  By cutting the pollution that causes smog and soot, these clean air standards work in tandem with the Administration’s standards that are reducing the carbon pollution that causes climate change and improving fuel efficiency.  Those standards, finalized in 2012, will roughly double the miles our cars go on a gallon of gas.  For owners of a new car in 2025, that means net savings equivalent to $1 per gallon on every visit to the gas pump.

Related Gov Docs:

  • FACT SHEET: Opportunity For All: Improving the Fuel Efficiency of American Trucks – Bolstering Energy Security, Cutting Carbon Pollution, Saving Money and Supporting Manufacturing Innovation
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Primary care is an essential, yet underrated part of the US Healthcare system. More and more medical students are choosing specialties in order to be able to pay off their student debts. Programs such as the National Health Service Corps, which provides scholarships to students with interests in primary care, are constantly in threat of funding cuts. Reach out to your legislators and make it known that these programs are extremely important and should not be facing funding cuts.

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Primary care is an essential, yet underrated part of the US Healthcare system. More and more medical students are choosing specialties in order to be able to pay off their student debts. Programs such as the National Health Service Corps, which provides scholarships to students with interests in primary care, are constantly in threat of funding cuts. Reach out to your legislators and make it known that these programs are extremely important and should not be facing funding cuts.

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Backstage, Ryan Shadrick Wilson, General Counsel at Partnership for a Healthier America, discusses a public health crisis revolving around food and consumption. She shares what can be done to promote healthier eating habits in America along with some alarming statistics that are motivators to make change.

You can find her stage presentation on the subject here.

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Preschooler obesity rates dropped by nearly half since 2004, study says

A new study found that obesity among young children dropped by nearly half in the past decade, indicating a possible turning point in the nation’s public health record.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found obesity among children ages 2 to 5 dropped to 8 percent, down from 14 percent in 2003. The only decline was seen in preschoolers, not in older children, according to the study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Some experts note the improvement in toddlers wasn’t a steady decline, and say it’s hard to know yet whether preschooler weight figures are permanently curving down or merely jumping around.

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(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Preschooler obesity rates dropped by nearly half since 2004, study says

A new study found that obesity among young children dropped by nearly half in the past decade, indicating a possible turning point in the nation’s public health record.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found obesity among children ages 2 to 5 dropped to 8 percent, down from 14 percent in 2003. The only decline was seen in preschoolers, not in older children, according to the study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Some experts note the improvement in toddlers wasn’t a steady decline, and say it’s hard to know yet whether preschooler weight figures are permanently curving down or merely jumping around.

Read more

(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)