Indicator List for Health

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Indicator List for Health

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ADHD

In 2013, nearly one eight males ages three to 17 (12 percent) had been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder by a doctor or other health professional, according to parental report.

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Asthma

In the United States, asthma is more common among boys than it is among girls. In 2011, ten percent of males under age 18 were reported to have asthma, compared with nine percent of females.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) had risen markedly in recent years.  However, it is too soon to know whether these data indicate a true increase in the numbers of children with this condition, or a growing recognition of the diagnosis by parents and health professionals.

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Birth Control Pill Use

Among sexually active high school students, whites are far more likely than black or Hispanic students to report using birth control pills (26, versus eight and nine percent, respectively), as of 2013.

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Breastfeeding

There has been substantial progress in recent years in getting mothers to breastfeed their infants, and the latest available national data met Healthy People 2010 goals.