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United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1976-1980


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1976 - 12/1980
Series or system 
United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Exam
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is an ongoing research survey designed to measure the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The 1976-1980 NHANES included 20,322 individuals who were both interviewed and examined, and another 4,964 individuals who were interviewed but not examined, in the age range 6 months through 74 years of age. The survey used a combination of interviews, physical examinations, and laboratory tests to collect data; interviews included questions concerning demographics, diet, conditions, and health status information, while the examination component consists of medical, dental, and physiological measurements. Blood, urine, and other samples were collected for a variety of laboratory tests.

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Abortion, Adverse effects of medical treatments, Agriculture, Alcohol use disorders, Allergies, Analgesics, Anemia, Anthropometry, Antibiotics, Appetite loss, Assets, Asthma, Back and neck pain, Back pain, Bacterial skin diseases, Birth control pills, Birth weight, Blood glucose, Blood pressure, Blood tests, Blood transfusions, Breastfeeding, Breathing difficulty, Burns, COPD, Calcium, Caloric intake, Cancers, Cataracts, Child anthropometry, Child development, Children, Cholesterol, Cholesterol tests, Chronic kidney diseases, Cirrhosis of the liver, Congenital anomalies, Congenital heart anomalies, Cough, Dairy products, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Diet, Dietary protein, Dietary sodium, Digestive diseases, Disability, Drug consumption, Education, Electrocardiograms, Employment, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, Fish, Fluoride, Folic acid, Food, Fruits and vegetables, Glaucoma, Glucose tests, Goiter, Gout, Health care use, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Hearing tests, Height, Hemoglobin, Hepatitis, Hospitals, Household air pollution, Household heat, Housing, Housing conditions, Hyperplasia of prostate, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Idiopathic intellectual disability, Income, Injuries, Insulin, Interventions, Iodine deficiency, Iron, Iron supplements, Iron-deficiency anemia, Ischemic heart disease, Jaundice, Languages, Lead exposure, Limited mobility, Live births, Lower respiratory infections, Marital status, Meat, Medical tests, Medicines, Menstruation, Mental and behavioral disorders, Micronutrient supplements, Micronutrients, Migraine, Military service, Milk, Mobility aids, Musculoskeletal diseases, Nausea, Neck pain, Neurological conditions, Noncommunicable diseases, Nutrition, Obesity, Occupational risk factors, Occupations, Oral conditions, Orthopedic devices, Paralysis, Parents, Parkinson's disease, Peptic ulcer disease, Pesticides, Physical activity, Physical examinations, Physical therapy, Pneumococcal pneumonia, Poisonings, Polio, Poverty, Pregnancy, Prescriptions, Preterm birth, Private social assistance, Processed foods, Psoriasis, Public social assistance, Race, Refrigeration, Religion, Respiratory function tests, Respiratory infections, Rheumatic heart disease, Road traffic injuries, STDs, Schizophrenia, School enrollment, Screening, Sense organ diseases, Siblings, Stillbirths, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Symptoms, Syphilis, Therapies, Thyroid gland disorders, Tobacco smoking, Transportation, Tuberculosis, Unemployment, Unipolar depressive disorders, Unprocessed red meat, Upper respiratory infections, Urinary diseases, Urinary tract infections, Urine tests, Urolithiasis, Vision loss, Vitamin A deficiency, Vitamin A supplements, Vitamin D supplements, Water supply, Weight change, X-rays, 24HR dietary recall, Age at first sex, Alcohol use, Amphetamine use disorders, Anogenital herpes, Anxiety, Anxiety disorders, Birth certificates, Birth place, Bladder cancer, Brain and nervous system cancers, Breast cancer, Caesarean section, Cannabis use disorders, Cervix uteri cancer, Chlamydia, Circumcision, Cocaine use disorders, Colon and rectum cancers, Condoms, Cooking fuels, Corpus uteri cancer, Dental care, Dialysis, Dietary supplements, Domestic migration, Emergency care, Endocrine disorders, Secondhand smoke, Family composition, Family size, Fertility, Folic acid supplements, Food expenditures, Gallbladder and biliary tract cancers, Gonococcal infections, HPV, HPV vaccines, Health behaviors, Health care access, Health facilities, Health insurance, Heart disease, Heart failure, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis B vaccines, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis vaccines, Hodgkin lymphoma, Hours worked, Household expenditures, Hypercholesterolemia, Hysterectomy, Illicit drug use, Immunization, Incontinence, Injections, International migration, Iodine supplements, Kidney and other urinary organ cancers, Larynx cancer, Leukemia, Liver cancer, Melanoma, Menopause, Mouth cancer, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Oesophagus cancer, Opioid use disorders, Oral hygiene, Osteoarthritis, Ovary cancer, Pain, Pancreas cancer, Pelvic inflammatory disease, Periodontal diseases, Prostate cancer, Prostheses and implants, Reproductive and sexual risk factors, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sexual behavior, Skin cancers, Sleep, Smokeless tobacco use, Stomach cancer, Testicular cancer, Thyroid cancer, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Training programs, Weight, Zinc, Peripheral vascular diseases, Abortive outcome