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5 Things Cause Two-thirds of U.S. Deaths

Categories: Health Protection, Leading Causes of Death, Disability, & Injury, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

Smoking

This post originally appeared in CNN Health.

Five things kill more people in the United States than anything else: heart disease, cancer, lung disease such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, stroke and unintentional injuries such as those on roads or caused by medication overdoses.

Together, these five conditions cause almost two-thirds of all deaths in the country — nearly 900,000 each year.

In Praise of CDC’s Heroic ‘Disease Detectives’

Categories: Health Protection, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

CDC scientist harvests H7N9 virus

This post originally appeared in Fox News.

Almost 25 years ago, I began my career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer assigned to the New York City Health Department. I investigated outbreaks of measles, typhoid, cryptosporidiosis, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and more. It was a remarkable time – two years of important, interesting learning and doing things that make a difference in people’s lives.

CDC’s EIS officers are boots on the ground disease detectives, central to finding and stopping outbreaks quickly.

A Remarkable Achievement: 80 Percent of the World Now Polio-Free

Categories: Health Protection, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

This photograph depicts a mother holding her child, while displaying a polio vaccination record that indicates the child has been properly vaccinated.

This post originally appeared in The Health Care Blog.

I’m recently back from New Delhi where I attended meetings on global health security, tuberculosis, and HIV — and very importantly, participated in the World Health Organization’s event to certify Southeast Asia free of polio.

How to Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks & Strokes in The Next 3 Years

Categories: Health Protection, Leading Causes of Death, Disability, & Injury, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

 

This post originally appeared in Fox News.

A few years ago, a colleague and I asked ourselves the question, “How can the health care system save the most lives?” Surely the answer was well known.

A literature search turned up virtually nothing. As it turns out, the question had not been widely studied. When we did our own analysis we found a simple answer.

We can save the most lives in health care by tackling heart disease.

Together, We Can Provide Safer Patient Care

Categories: Health Protection, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

This post originally appeared in The Health Care Blog.

There are many stories of patients who suffer when we make errors prescribing antibiotics. 75-year-old Bob Totsch from Coshocton, Ohio, went in for heart bypass surgery with every expectation of a good outcome.

Instead, he developed a surgical site infection caused by MRSA. Given a variety of antibiotics, he developed the deadly diarrheal infection C. difficile, went into septic shock, and died.

A tragic story and, probably, a preventable death.

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