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Category: Disease Detectives

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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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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Keeping Tabs on Deadly Diseases

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This post originally appeared in CDC’s blog Public Health Matters. CDC is responsible for protecting the public from a host of health threats, including some pretty scary pathogens, like Ebola virus or anthrax for example. One way we do this is through our Select Agents Program which is responsible for governing and regulating the use Read More >

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CDC’s Top Ten: 5 Health Achievements in 2013 and 5 Health Threats in 2014

  As the year comes to a close, CDC, America’s health protection agency, looks back at top five health concerns in 2013 and previews the five health threats that loom for 2014. CDC works 24/7 saving lives and protecting people from health threats. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable Read More >

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Arms Race: Getting Ahead of Killer Microbes

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post. For other posts by CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, visit his blog on The Huffington Post. The SARS epidemic a decade ago showed the world’s continued vulnerability to infectious disease outbreaks. SARS started in China but spread worldwide quickly. In just weeks, it killed hundreds, sickened thousands, and Read More >

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H7N9 Influenza: 6 Things You Should Know Now

Image of the H7N9 virus courtesy of Cynthia S. Goldsmith and Thomas Rowe Not long after a newsworthy 2012-2013 influenza season, flu is in the headlines again. On April 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) first reported 3 human infections with a new influenza A (H7N9) virus in China. Since then, additional cases have been Read More >

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Bringing Public Health to Life: Winners of CDC’s 9th Annual Public Health in Action Photo Contest

In anticipation of National Public Health Week (April 1-7, 2013), CDC unveiled the winners of its Ninth Annual Public Health in Action Photo Contest. The 11 winners capture how CDC works around-the-clock to protect people at home and abroad from health and safety threats.  Take a minute to look at the winning photos, read their Read More >

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CDC Looks Ahead: 13 Public Health Issues in 2013

As America’s health protection agency, CDC works around-the-clock to save lives and protect people from health threats, whether they start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, are curable or preventable, or are the result of human error or deliberate attack. Here’s a look at 13 public health issues CDC is working on for you Read More >

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13 Ways CDC Has Been There for America and the World in 2012

Photo of Hurricane Sandy courtesy of NASA CDC has America’s back. We work around-the-clock to protect Americans from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. We also help people lead longer, healthier, more productive lives by preventing heart attacks, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and other leading causes of death. Here’s a list of 13 ways Read More >

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CDC’s Outbreak Summer Blockbuster

We welcome guest blogger Dr. Douglas H. Hamilton, director of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) – AKA the Disease Detectives – at CDC. Photo courtesy of the CDC Public Health Image Library. There are times when many outbreaks hit all at once. CDC disease detectives are working in communities and responding to outbreaks of hantavirus in Read More >

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