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

Director’s Corner: The Value of Collaborations

Ed Sondik, NCHS Director

One of the more gratifying aspects of working at NCHS is the extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with researchers across the government. This is well illustrated by the release of two important reports. The first is America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2012. As I say in the press release, the findings in Read More >

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Mobile Examination Centers Measure America’s Health

NHANES Mobile Examination Center

Thousands of subjects, tens of thousands of miles, and nearly two years after it began, NCHS’s latest journey to map the health of the American public is slowly drawing to a close. In late-January 2013, the mobile examination centers of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) will pause while staff members complete their last interviews and Read More >

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New Survey Measures the Fitness of America’s Youth

Physical Activity

The NHANES National Youth Fitness Survey (NYFS), conducted as a separate survey alongside the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), is receiving an enthusiastic response from its young participants. For the NYFS team in the Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, attaining good response rates is critical to the program’s success. The NYFS, funded Read More >

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New Interactive Report

interactive health united states

Interactive Health, United States, 2011, In Brief, is a new interactive version of Health, United States, 2011, In Brief . It was developed jointly with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health. The new interactive report provides text, charts, and tables from Health, United States, 2011. Additional data from the full Health, Read More >

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2012 National Conference on Health Statistics

Dr. Mohammed Akhter speaks at Wednesday's plenary session.

More than 1,000 attendees from federal and regional governments, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector converged on the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel August 6–8 for the 2012 National Conference on Health Statistics.   Plenary Session Speakers Address Health, Statistical Challenges National leaders in statistics, health research, and health policy shared the stage at Read More >

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Ask the Expert: Dr. David Huang

Dr. David Huang

[Editor’s note: NCHS is responsible for monitoring and analyzing data for the HHS Healthy People program. In addition, about one-third of the program’s objectives use NCHS-collected data. We spoke with Dr. David Huang of the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology (OAE) about the Healthy People program.]   Q. Healthy People 2010: Final Review comes out Read More >

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In the News

Consumer Reports Cites NHANES Research in Articles on Arsenic in Food, Juice An in-depth report in the November 2012 issue of Consumer Reports relies extensively on data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The report, “Arsenic in your food,” exposes the presence of arsenic, a potent human carcinogen, in nearly every food product category—particularly rice and rice-based Read More >

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Milestones and Honors

Clifford Johnson, Retired Director of the Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys

Long-time DHANES, NHANES Director Retires Mr. Clifford Johnson, Director of the Division of Health Examination Statistics (DHANES) and its flagship program, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), retired from NCHS on November 30, 2012. Mr. Johnson had been with the NHANES program for more than 40 years. Starting as a research analyst, he rose Read More >

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Connecting Surveys to Administrative Records: Data Linkage Opens Doors to New Longitudinal Research

A Valuable Resource for Researchers NCHS’s record linkage program is designed to maximize the scientific value of the Center’s population-based surveys. Linked data files enable researchers to take the “long view” and examine the factors that influence disability, chronic disease, health care utilization, morbidity, and mortality.   Producing Results Through Collaboration One of NCHS’s major Read More >

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On the Path to Understanding Autism

Data Brief 97, “Diagnostic History and Treatment of School-aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Special Health Care Needs,” published in May 2012, is available for download from the NCHS website.   A collaborative effort between NCHS, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has provided Read More >

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