|1999 LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEALTH SURVEY|
Depressive Disorders Among Los Angeles County
Summary: Depressive disorders affect nearly 10% of the adult population yearly in the United States and include unipolar major depression, dysthymia (a less severe, longer lasting form of depression), and bipolar disorders (manic-depressive illness). This report presents findings about adult depression or depressive disorders from the 1999-2000 Los Angeles County Health Survey. It also assesses potential barriers to care, and co-existing chronic conditions among adults who suffer from depression.
Additional information: Key words: depression, chronic conditions, DALY, disability.
Period of data: 1999 Publication date: 07/2002
Recent Health Trends in Los Angeles County
Summary: During the past decade, important gains were made in the health of the county population based on mortality indices. Between 1991 and 2000, average life expectancy increased 2.6 years and overall mortality decreased by 26%. Large declines in mortality were observed for most of the leading causes of death. This report includes some chronic disease data from the 1999- 2000 Los Angeles County Health Survey, and provides a comprehensive look at population health indicators related to health-related quality of life and life expectancy.
Additional information: Keywords: morbidity, mortality, health behavior, trend, policy, risk, HIV/AIDS, disability, burden.
Period of data: 1999 Publication date: 06/2002
Infant Sleep Position and Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome (SIDS) in Los Angeles County
Summary: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants beyond the neonatal period (between the ages of one month and one year). Sleeping in prone position (stomach) was identified as an important modifiable risk factor for SIDS. This report presents findings from the 1999-2000 Los Angeles Health Survey on infant sleeping position. The results are based on information provided by parents or legal guardians on a random countywide sample of 2174 children 0-5 years old.
Additional information: Keywords: SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, sleep position, smoke, breast feeding
Period of data: 1999 Publication date: 04/2002
Child Care Among Young Children in Los Angeles
Summary: In addition to enabling parents to work, quality child care is important for the health and development of young children. This report presents findings on the use of and the need for child care services in the county from the 1999- 2000 Los Angeles County Health Survey. Child care was defined as any kind of arrangement where someone not in the household took care of the child more than ten hours per week on a regular basis, and includes preschool and nursery school, but did not include kindergarten.
Additional information: Keywords: child care, low-income, child development
Period of data: 1999 Publication date: 03/2002
Alcohol Consumption and Abuse Among Los Angeles
Summary: Alcohol consumption is part of contemporary American Life. However alcohol abuse can have serious medical consequences, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, liver disease, fetal abnormalities, cancer, and intentional and unintentional injuries. This report presents findings from the 1999 Los Angeles County Health Survey on the prevalence of alcohol consumption, binge drinking, and drunk driving.
Additional information: Keywords: alcohol, chronic disease, burden of disease
Period of data: 1999 Publication date: 01/2002
HIV Testing Among Adults in LA County
Summary: Recent advances in the medical treatment of HIV infection and AIDS have greatly reduced AIDS rates and AIDS-related mortality in Los Angeles County and the rest of the nation. These advances has made it increasingly important that HIV-infected persons are diagnosed and linked to care as soon as possible after infection so as to prevent further transmission of the virus. This report presents finding from the 1999 Los Angeles County Health Survey on HIV testing among 18-64 year olds. It highlights data on HIV testing, reasons for testing, testing locations, and whether or not they received testing results.
Additional information: Keywords: HIV, AIDS, risk behavior, condom use
Period of data: 1997-1999 Publication date: 10/2001
Smoking Prevalence & Efforts to Quit Smoking
Among Los Angeles County Residents
Summary: Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Each year approximately 430,000 Americans die from using tobacco products, accounting for nearly 20% of all deaths nationally. In Los Angeles County tobacco use is responsible for 11,000 deaths per year. This report presents 1997 and 1999 findings from the Los Angeles County Health Survey on adult smoking status and among current smokers, methods employed to try to quit smoking.
Additional information: Keywords: tobacco, cessation, smoke, cigarette, asthma, heart disease, chronic disease
Period of data: 1999 Publication date: 04/2001
Health Related Quality of Life in Los Angeles
Summary: Life expectancy is on the rise in the United States due to advances in public health and medicine. These advances, however, have been accompanied by a significant rise in the percentage of adults living with chronic health conditions. As a result, there is increased focus on health-related quality of life. This report presents the findings from the 1999-2000 Los Angeles County Health Survey on health- related quality of life among adults in the county.
Additional information: Key words: health status, quality of life, chronic condition
Period of data: 1999 Publication date: 03/2001
Breastfeeding Practices in Los Angeles County
Summary: Extensive research documents the compelling benefits to infants and families from breastfeeding. This report presents findings from the 1999-2000 Los Angeles County Health Survey on breastfeeding practices among mothers in the county. It highlights racial/ethnic and socio-economic disparities in breastfeeding practices and provides data on the reasons some mothers decide not to breastfeed, and the sense of social support to breastfeed.
Additional information: Keywords: breastfeeding, women, infant
Period of data: 1999 Publication date: 02/2001
Physical Activity Among Adults
in Los Angeles County
Summary: Engaging in regular physical activity has long been regarded as important to health, as studies have shown that physically active adults have reduced risk of for many chronic conditions. This report presents data from the 1999-2000 Los Angeles County Health Survey on physical activity levels among adults in Los Angeles County.
Period of data: 1999 Publication date: 11/2000