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Protecting Americans from Preventable Infections: Working Together Will Save Lives

Reposted from The Health Care Blog on August 17, 2015 By TOM FRIEDEN, MD “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Those words spoken by Helen Keller nearly a century ago remain powerful and relevant today. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects that Read More >

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Differences in Hispanic Health

Infographics detailing differences in Hispanic Health

Reposted from the Huffington Post Latino Voices, May 12, 2015 Hispanics are 50 percent more likely to die from diabetes or liver disease than whites. Hispanics are more likely to have uncontrolled high blood pressure than whites. Hispanics have more obesity and diabetes than whites. The largest racial or ethnic minority group in the United States, Hispanics’ Read More >

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Stopping Ebola by Land, Water and Air

Photo credit: Justin Williams/CDC

Speed is paramount in our response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa as we continue to be vigilant in the fight to extinguish Ebola. The faster we get to communities with suspected cases, the faster we protect the people there. That gets us closer to stopping this epidemic — and protecting people here in Read More >

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Rapid Detection and Response Are Essential to Stopping Ebola

A doctor adjusts the mask of a fellow health worker.

The recent drop in Ebola cases in Liberia is welcome. Many factors are contributing to this decline, including the adoption of safe burials and the emphasis on quickly getting patients into Ebola treatment units or community care centers and community initiatives to isolate and care for patients and track contacts. One promising development has been Read More >

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Vaccination means protection

“Five Chicago Babies Have Measles.” That headline from just a few days ago brought news none of us hoped we’d hear. Five children so young they could not be vaccinated against measles had become infected with this highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. This is exactly what we are concerned about, when we urge everyone Read More >

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