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Are you exposed to secondhand smoke?


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


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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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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New Mobile App Helps Providers Prevent Life-threatening Infections in Newborns

The phrase, “…time is of the essence,” often rings true when working to protect people from health threats. It is especially true when caring for infants.  CDC launched a new app—Prevent Group B Strep (GBS) — in October 2013 created specifically for busy health care providers on the go. Each year about 1,200 infants less Read More >

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5 Fast Facts about this Year’s Flu Season

  Image above: Digitally-colorized image of a collection of influenza A virions. The predominant influenza A virus this year is H1N1. Every season, flu causes on average 200,000 Americans to go to the hospital and kills thousands to tens of thousands of people depending on the severity of the season. Because flu is unpredictable, each 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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