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What is the most effective birth control method for teens?

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Teen births continue to decline in the U.S., but still more than 273,000 infants were born to teens ages 15 to 19 in 2013. Childbearing during the teen years can carry health, economic, and social costs for mothers and their children. The good news is that more teens are waiting to have sex, and of Read More >

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Are you exposed to secondhand smoke?

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No level of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure is safe. SHS exposure happens when nonsmokers breathe in smoke exhaled by smokers or from burning tobacco products. Nonsmokers could be breathing in 7,000 chemicals including about 70 that can cause cancer. Secondhand smoke kills more than 400 infants and 41,000 adult nonsmokers every year. According to the Read More >

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Motor vehicle crashes are costly and preventable

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More than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency department for crash injuries in 2012. These injuries totaled 18 billion dollars in lifetime medical costs. In addition, lifetime work lost from these injuries cost an estimated 33 billion dollars. “In 2012, nearly 7,000 people went to the emergency department every day due to car crash Read More >

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Why reducing sodium in children’s diet is important

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This month’s Vital Signs report looks at how much sodium children eat and what are the most common foods contributing to their sodium intake. More than 90 percent of school-aged children in the U.S. eat too much sodium and one in six children already has raised blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major cause for Read More >

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Children eating more fruit, but fruit and vegetable intake still too low

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Childcare and schools can help children meet daily recommendations Good eating habits developed in childhood can last a lifetime, but getting children to eat their fruits and vegetables is a common problem. Eating them adds important nutrients, helps control weight, and reduces the risks for many serious illnesses. Children in the US are eating more Read More >

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Opioid Painkiller Prescribing: Where You Live Makes a Difference

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Health issues that cause people pain don’t vary much from place to place—not enough to explain why, in 2012, health care providers in the highest-prescribing state wrote almost 3 times as many opioid painkiller prescriptions per person as those in the lowest prescribing state in the U.S. Or why there are twice as many painkiller Read More >

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Norovirus outbreaks are more common than you think

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Norovirus often gets a lot of attention for outbreaks on cruise ships, but those account for only about 1 percent of all reported norovirus outbreaks. Most norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food occur in food service settings such as restaurants and catering or banquet facilities, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Read More >

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How can adults with disabilities prevent chronic diseases?

Did you know that more than 21 million US working age adults (between 18 and 64) have a disability? Adults with disabilities are 3 times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer. The best way to avoid these chronic diseases is through aerobic physical activity, and most activities may be modified, adapted, Read More >

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Steps to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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Teen births in the US have declined over the last 20 years to the lowest level ever recorded but still nearly 1,700 teens between the ages of 15 to 17 give birth every week, according to this month’s CDC’s Vital Signs report. CDC researchers who analyzed birth data from the National Vital Statistics System and Read More >

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How Poor Antibiotic Prescribing Puts Patients at Risk for Deadly Infections

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Antibiotics save lives, but poor prescribing practices are putting patients at unnecessary risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. Errors in prescribing practices also contribute to antibiotic resistance, making these drugs less likely to work in the future. Because we’ve used antibiotics so widely and for so long, the infectious organisms antibiotics Read More >

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