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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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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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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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Evacuating During an Emergency: Zoe’s Wildfire Story

A wildfire sweeps across Zoe’s town September 2013 marks the 10th annual National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. CDC strives to save lives and protect people, and one way we do this is by helping the public prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters like wildfires in Zoe’s case. In Read More >

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On the Go in an Emergency: Stephanie’s Hurricane Sandy Story

Stephanie CDC works around-the-clock to save lives and protect people; however, there are steps you can take to prepare for emergencies, especially those caused by natural disasters such as hurricanes. Now that the 2013 hurricane season is upon us, we wanted to share with you Stephanie’s Hurricane Sandy story.   When disaster strikes, you might be at home Read More >

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Despite Big Obstacles, Haiti Making Remarkable Progress Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis

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. Haiti is not an easy place to fight disease even in the best of times. That was true even before a devastating earthquake ravaged Haiti’s capital and largest city, Port-au-Prince, Read More >

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