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Making Health Care Safer – Stop Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

We’re at a tipping point: an increasing number of germs no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them. Antibiotic resistant germs cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the U.S. C. difficile and drug-resistant bacteria can spread inside of and between health care facilities when patients Read More >

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Today’s Heroin Epidemic

This month, CDC’s Vital Signs explores the changing demographics in heroin use and increasing heroin overdoses. Conducted with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this study provides a comprehensive approach to addressing the heroin epidemic. Heroin use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Some Read More >

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Hispanic Health

Infographic comparing leading deaths of Hispanics vs Non-Hispanic whites

CDC’s first national study on Hispanics’ leading causes of death, risk factors, and access to health services in the United States found some good news and not-so-good news regarding health among Hispanics in the US, according to CDC’s Vital Signs. Hispanics are the largest racial and ethnic minority group in the US. Currently, nearly one Read More >

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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?


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

The full impact of motor vehicle crashes

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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