CDC: Chronic disease states less prevalent as education, household income rise
ATLANTA — People with higher levels of education and higher income have lower rates of many chronic diseases compared with those with less education and lower income levels, according to "Health, United States, 2011" — the government’s annual comprehensive report on Americans’ health released Wednesday.
"Health, United States, 2011" is the 35th annual report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, and includes a compilation of health data through 2010 from a number of sources within the federal government and in the private sector.
This year’s edition features a special section on socioeconomic status and health. Among the highlights:
- In 2007-2010, higher levels of education among the head of household resulted in lower rates of obesity among boys and girls 2 years to 19 years of age. In households where the head of household had less than a high school education, 24% of boys and 22% of girls were obese. In households where the head had a bachelor’s degree or higher, obesity prevalence was 11% for males aged 2 years to 19 years and 7% for females;
- In 2007-2010, women 25 years of age and older with less than a bachelor’s degree were more likely to be obese (39% to 43%) than those with a bachelor’s degree or higher (25%). Obesity prevalence among adult males did not vary consistently with level of education;
- In 2010, 31% of adults 25 years to 64 years of age with a high school diploma or less education were current smokers, compared with 24% of adults with some college and 9% of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Overall, in the same year, 19% of U.S. adults age 18 years and older were current cigarette smokers, a decline from 21% in 2009;
- Between 1996 and 2006, the gap in life expectancy at age 25 years between those with less than a high school education and those with a bachelor’s degree or higher increased by 1.9 years for men and 2.8 years for women; and
- Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of children with a family income below 200% of poverty level who were uninsured decreased from 22% to 11% to 13%. The percentage with a family income at 200% to 399% of the poverty level who were uninsured decreased from 9% to 7%, and children with a family income at 400% of the poverty level who were uninsured decreased from 3% to 2%.
The full report, a 583-page document, is available here.
Prestige Brands highlights new Dramamine for Kids product in fiscal 2012 call
IRVINGTON, N.Y. — Prestige Brands on Thursday morning announced the launch of Dramamine for Kids, noting that 34% of households (with children between the ages of 2 years and 12 years) have a child with motion sickness. According to the company, it is estimated that one-third of moms currently are using a Dramamine adult formula but would prefer a pediatric product.
The grape-flavored Dramamine for Kids will provide specific dosage instructions for children in that age range. "We worked hard in developing a Dramamine for Kids product that has the right dosage," Matthew Mannelly, Prestige president and CEO, told analysts during a conference call Thursday morning. "That’s a product that has just come out that we’re quite excited about."
Marketing support begins in May, Prestige reported.
An oldie but a Goody’s
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Earlier this year, Prestige Brands closed the deal on its acquisition of the analgesic Goody’s Powder. And while Goody’s may be characterized as a legacy brand, it is in no way a tired brand — for the 52 weeks ended April 15, sales of Goody’s Powder were up 1.2% to $15.8 million. That’s only the starting line for what will be a new brand race across the analgesics aisle.
One of the original niche brands with a continued resonance in the Southeast, Prestige gets behind the wheel of a brand with a vibrant Facebook presence. And it doesn’t hurt that NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has helped drive the brand as spokesman over the past year.