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Inside NCHS: Featured Topics from the National Center for Health Statistics Posts

News Brief: Teen Pregnancy, and Sedentary Time and Disability

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Data collected through NCHS’ National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) were used as the foundation for two important studies released this year that have attracted significant national media attention.   Teen Pregnancy and MTV In January, the National Bureau of Economic Research released its paper, “Media Influences on Read More >

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Milestones and Honors: CDC Honors Dr. Sandra Decker

Dr. Sandra Decker receives Kaafee Billah Memorial Award from Dr. Scott Grosse

Dr. Sandra Decker, Distinguished Consultant,  Office of Analysis and Epidemiology (OAE), was honored by CDC’s Health Economics Research Group with the 2013 Kaafee Billah Memorial Award for outstanding health economics research. The award ceremony took place on January 28, 2014, at the National Center for Health Statistics campus in Hyattsville, MD. Dr. Scott Grosse, CDC’s Read More >

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Kathryn Porter

Dr. Kathryn Porter

Since 1991, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has collected and stored genetic specimens for future studies. Among other considerations, whether, when, and for which biologic measures the results should be reported back to individual survey respondents is a growing concern. NCHS has developed an action plan for reporting individual results; however, the Read More >

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Stephen Blumberg

Dr. Stephen Blumberg

Beginning in 2003, NCHS’s National Health Interview Survey [NHIS] has collected information on cell phone ownership and use among its respondents. In the ensuing 10 years, cell phone usage has grown substantially and has become all but ubiquitous. A 2006 Health E-Stat revealed that, for the last six months of 2005: approximately 8.4 percent of Read More >

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Director’s Corner—New Year, New Challenges, New Opportunities

Charles Rothwell, NCHS Director

Every year brings its own set of challenges, opportunities, and successes, and 2013 was certainly no exception. Over the course of the year, a number of long-term leaders chose to retire. Center Director Dr. Edward Sondik; Stephanie Ventura, Chief of the Reproductive Statistics Branch; Marjorie Greenberg, Chief of the Classifications and Public Health Data Standards Read More >

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Feasibility Files Help Researchers Manage Scope

Dr. Jennifer Parker

NCHS’ record linkage program gives researchers a valuable resource, enabling them to take the “long view” and examine the factors that influence disability, chronic disease, health care utilization, morbidity, and mortality. Researchers also have another tool to determine the scope of available research, saving them time and even providing an opportunity to assess data before Read More >

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Charles Rothwell Named NCHS Director

Charles Rothwell, NCHS Director

Charles Rothwell has been appointed Director of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Nation’s principal health statistics agency and a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Mr. Rothwell succeeds Dr. Edward Sondik, who retired as NCHS Director in April, 2013. He becomes the Center’s seventh director since its inception Read More >

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Julia Holmes, Health, United States

Dr. Julia Holmes

Since 1975, Health, United States has presented national trends on the health of the Nation, including infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity and health status, risk factors such as smoking and obesity, utilization of health care, health insurance coverage, supply of health care resources, and national expenditures for health. Compiled annually by the National Center for Read More >

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Public-use Data Files Program Balances Data Demand and Confidentiality

Dr. Eve Powell-Griner

NCHS’ public-use data file service gives researchers access to datasets, documentation, and questionnaires from NCHS surveys and data collection systems. Free and downloadable from the NCHS website, public-use data files allow researchers to manipulate the data in a format appropriate for their analyses. Dr. Eve Powell-Griner, NCHS Confidentiality Officer, says public-use data files are central Read More >

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Early Release Program Races to Publish Timely Survey Results

Dr. Jane Gentleman

From among the many challenges that the National Health Insurance Survey (NHIS) has faced over the past 56 years since it first went into the field, one of the most daunting has been how to publish valid results in a timely manner without compromising the quality of the data. For Dr. Jane Gentleman and her Read More >

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