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New Report Highlights Benefits of Flu Vaccine - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.6 million influenza-associated illnesses, 3.2 million medically attended illnesses, and 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

 

CDC to provide an update on flu and vaccination activity this season and share new data on the impact of vaccination last season - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

CDC to provide an update on flu and vaccination activity this season and share new data on the impact of vaccination last season.

 

Measles Press Conference: 50th Anniversary of Measles Vaccine - TranscriptOpen in a New Window

A telebriefing to discuss the renewed spike of measles in the U.S. and its continued threat to health security.

 

Measles Still Threatens Health Security - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Fifty years after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine, measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases, still poses a threat to domestic and global health security. An interconnected world is increasing the opportunities for human, animal and zoonotic diseases to emerge and spread globally.

 

Measles Still Threatens Health Security - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Fifty years after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine against measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases, the virus still poses a threat to domestic and global health security.

 

President Obama Signs Reauthorization of PEPFAROpen in a New Window

Yesterday, President Obama reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to an AIDS-free generation by signing into law the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013.

 

CDC releases new findings and prevention tools to improve food safety in restaurants - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Increased awareness and implementation of proper food safety in restaurants and delis may help prevent many of the foodborne illness outbreaks reported each year in the United States.

 

Measles Still Threatens Health Security: On 50th Anniversary of Measles Vaccine, Spike in Imported Measles Cases - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

CDC will host a live media briefing at CDC to discuss the renewed spike of measles in the U.S. and its continued threat to health security.

 

Sexual risk lower among U.S. gay and bisexual men who accurately know their HIV status - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

A new analysis of data from 20 major U.S. cities reveals continued signs of sexual risk among gay and bisexual men, but shows dramatically lower sexual risk among those who accurately know their HIV status.

 

CDC Telebriefing: Status of Serogroup B Meningitis Cases in the United States - TranscriptOpen in a New Window

A telebriefing to provide an update on serogroup B meningitis cases in the United States and bacterial meningitis treatment and prevention.

 

CDC Telebriefing: Status of Serogroup B Meningitis Cases in the United States - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

A telebriefing to provide an update on serogroup B meningitis cases in the United States and bacterial meningitis treatment and prevention.

 

ADHD Estimates Rise - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Two million more children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and one million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD over an 8 year period (2003-2004 to 2011-2012), according to a new study led by CDC.

 

CDC Report Documents Health Disparities - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Income, education level, sex, race, ethnicity, employment status, and sexual orientation are all related to health and health outcomes for a number of Americans, according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Progress and Challenges Fighting Polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan saw an overall decrease in wild poliovirus (WPV) cases from January – September 2013 compared with the same time period in 2012 according to data published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden releases Winnable Battles Progress Report 2010-2015, discusses successes and challenges - StatementOpen in a New Window

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden discusses the Winnable Battles initiative.

 

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2013 - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. CDC released a report in September 2013 documenting that each year more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result.

 

New guidance limits antibiotics for common infections in children - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Every year as many as 10 million U.S. children risk side effects from antibiotic prescriptions that are unlikely to help their upper respiratory conditions. Many of these infections are caused by viruses, which are not helped by antibiotics.

 

CDC accredited for emergency management - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) for its excellence in emergency management. CDC is the first federal organization to attain full accreditation.

 

CDC finds cluster of newborns in Tennessee with bleeding disorder - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a cluster of newborns in Tennessee with late vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB). VKDB is a serious, but preventable bleeding disorder that can cause bleeding in the brain.

 

Emerging tobacco products gaining popularity among youth - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Emerging tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and hookahs are quickly gaining popularity among middle- and high-school students, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

 

New CDC Vital Signs: Colorectal cancer testing needs to increase among adults - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer among men and women in the United States, after lung cancer. About 1 in 3 adults is not getting screened for colorectal cancer as recommended by the U.S. Preventive services Task Force (USPSTF), according to a new Vital Signs report: Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Use - 2012, released today.

 

Colorectal cancer screening rates remain low - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

About one in three adults aged 50 to 75 years have not been tested for colorectal cancer as recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite rese arch that shows colorectal cancer screening tests saves lives, screening rates remain too low.

 

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How can more people get tested for colorectal cancer? - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report How can more people get tested for colorectal cancer?

 

Malaria cases in U.S. reach 40-year high - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

In 2011, 1,925 malaria cases were reported in the United States, according to data published in a supplement of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

CDC Update on the Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections: One Year Later - StatementOpen in a New Window

A year ago this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center as part of the response to the tragic outbreak of fungal meningitis.

 

More than 40 percent of middle and high schoolers who smoke use flavored little cigars or flavored cigarettes - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

More than two out of every five middle and high school students who smoke report using either flavored little cigars or flavored cigarettes, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

 

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

An agenda for the meeting can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/. The agenda will include three votes: considerations for use of meningococcal conjugate vaccine MenACWY-CRM in infants and young toddlers at increased risk for meningococcal disease; the 2014 Child/Adolescent Immunization Schedule; and the 2014 Adult Immunization Schedule. Both the child/adolescent and adult immunization schedules are updated annually. The 2014 adult immunization schedule incorporates changes approved by the ACIP during the 2013 calendar year.

 

Statement from Tim McAfee, Director, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health on the passing of Nathan Moose, former Tips campaign ad participant - StatementOpen in a New Window

Statement from Tim McAfee, Director, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health on the passing of Nathan Moose, former Tips campaign ad participant.

 

Better, Faster Lab Reports Help States’ Outbreak Response - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Once labs detect dangerous infections, it’s crucial for the correct information to get to health departments quickly and in a format that allows them to recognize disease outbreaks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to speed this process and ensure that the best and most complete information about disease cases is reported is paying off, according to new data released in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

 

David J. Sencer CDC Museum open on Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live!- Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

The exhibit, Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America, looks back through history at how minority groups have experienced health problems differently, helps us understand why these differences persist, and examines our efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities.

 

Positive relationship factors may help break cycle of child maltreatment - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

The Journal of Adolescent Health released a special supplement investigating the role of safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs) and social contexts in the cycle of child maltreatment across generations.

 

2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign generates 150,000 calls to quitlines and 2.8 million website visits - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Quitline calls spiked dramatically when 2013 ads were running; fell quickly when they were not

 

Business Pulse connects CDC and business to address public health threats - StatementOpen in a New Window

Today, the CDC Foundation is launching Business Pulse: How CDC Protects the Health of Your Business. The first Business Pulse coincides with September’s National Preparedness Month and features a business continuity discussion between CDC and UPS.

 

Statement from CDC Director Tom Frieden on the passing of Terrie Hall, former Tips From Former Smokers ad participant - StatementOpen in a New Window

Statement from CDC Director Tom Frieden on the passing of Terrie Hall 

 

CDC Telebriefing on Today's Drug-Resistant Health Threats - TranscriptOpen in a New Window

CDC telebriefing on today's drug-resistant health threats 

 

Untreatable: Today's Drug-Resistant Health Threats - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Untreatable: Report by CDC details today’s drug-resistant health threats - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

CDC director to host telebriefing on landmark report detailing drug resistance threats - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

CDC will host a media telebriefing to discuss a new report that describes the striking toll of antibiotic-resistant germs in the United States. The report provides a first-ever, criteria-based ranking of the organisms by their threat to human health.

 

CDC Telebriefing on the National Immunization Survey, Vaccine for Children Program, and recent measles outbreaks in the U.S. - TranscriptOpen in a New Window

CDC telebriefing both on the release of the 2012 National Immunization Survey details in today’s MMWR as well as the increases we are seeing in measles around the country. 

 

20 Years of Success: CDC Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Vaccines for Children Program - Digital Press kitOpen in a New Window

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of passage of the legislation that created the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), one of our nation’s most successful public-private partnerships for improving public health.

 

CDC officials to share new data on immunization coverage among nation’s infants and recent measles outbreaks - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

CDC will host a telebriefing to discuss results from the National Immunization Survey, measles cases and outbreaks, and the 20th Anniversary of the passage of the legislation that created the Vaccines for Children program.

 

National Press Club Luncheon - TranscriptOpen in a New Window

Our guest today has plenty to keep him awake at night. It’s his job to worry about the growing threat that dangerous new pathogens pose for the health not only of Americans, but for the world population. Dr. Thomas Frieden is the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one of the world’s leading experts in safeguarding our health.

 

CDC Telebriefing on Tips From Former Smokers ad campaign results - TranscriptOpen in a New Window

An estimated 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Tips From Former Smokers” national ad campaign, according to a study released by the CDC.

 

Tips From Former Smokers campaign results - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

An estimated 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Tips From Former Smokers” national ad campaign, according to a study released by the CDC.

 

More than 100,000 Americans quit smoking due to national media campaign - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

An estimated 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Tips From Former Smokers” national ad campaign, according to a study released by the CDC.

 

Results from first ever federally-funded national education ad campaign, "Tips From Former Smokers" - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

CDC will host a media telebriefing to discuss the results of the Tips From Former Smokers campaign, a national advertising campaign designed to encourage smokers to quit by featuring emotionally powerful stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. The results exceeded the campaign’s original goals of quit attempts and successful quits.

 

E-cigarette use more than doubles among U.S. middle and high school students from 2011-2012 - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

The percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, more than doubled from 2011 to 2012, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

CDC Director to speak on the state of nation’s health security at the National Press Club - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

"The Cough Heard 'Round the World"

 

CDC Telebriefing on CDC finding 200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths could be prevented - TranscriptOpen in a New Window

This September Vital Signs is on preventable death from heart disease, stroke, and hypertensive disease, United States 2001 to 2010.

 

New CDC Vital Signs: CDC finds 200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths could be prevented - Digital press kitOpen in a New Window

More than 200,000 preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke occurred in the United States in 2010, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

CDC finds 200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths could be prevented - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

More than 200,000 preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke occurred in the United States in 2010, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of these deaths happened to people younger than 65 years of age.

 

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How can progress be made in preventable deaths from heart attack and stroke? - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

One out of every three deaths in the U.S. is due to cardiovascular disease. A large proportion of heart attacks and strokes do not have to happen. CDC will discuss the latest data on number of preventable death from heart attack and stroke, who is most at risk, where progress is needed and what can be done to drive down these deaths.

 

CDC releases 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study results - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

School districts nationwide are showing improvements in measures related to nutritional policies, physical education and tobacco policies, according to the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS).

 

CDC awards funding to help states face new infectious disease threats - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an award to states of about $75.8 million through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement (ELC).

 

CDC provides estimate of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Preliminary estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000. The preliminary estimates were presented Sunday night in Boston at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases.

 

Head back to school safer and healthier this year! - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Heading back to school is an exciting time of year for students and families. As students go back to school, it is important that they eat healthy and stay active, are up to date on their immunizations, and know the signs of bullying for a healthier and safer school year.

 

CDC state data shows high costs due to excessive alcohol use - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Excessive alcohol use causes a large economic burden to states and the District of Columbia, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

CDC Telebriefing on Obesity Among Low-Income Preschool-Aged Children - TranscriptOpen in a New Window

After decades of rising rates, there are signs of progress in the fight against childhood obesity. CDC will discuss state-by-state obesity rates among low-income preschoolers, where progress is being made, and what can be done to continue this progress.

 

New CDC Vital Signs: Obesity Declines Among Low-Income Preschoolers - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Nineteen states and territories reported decreases in obesity among low-income preschoolers. Twenty states and Puerto Rico held steady at their current rate, and obesity increased slightly in three states.

 

CDC Releases 2014 Edition of "Yellow Book" - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the online version of the 2014 edition of CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as the "Yellow Book." Nicknamed for its yellow cover, this is the ultimate guide for healthy international travel.

 

Obesity among low-income preschoolers declines in many states - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

After decades of rising rates, obesity among low-income preschoolers declined slightly in 19 states and U.S. territories from 2008 through 2011, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Obesity among low-income preschoolers declines in many states - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

After decades of rising rates, there are signs of progress in the fight against childhood obesity. CDC will discuss state-by-state obesity rates among low-income preschoolers, where progress is being made, and what can be done to continue this progress.

 

CDC and Olympic Champion Amanda Beard team up for healthy swimming - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

No one spends more time in the pool than elite swimmers, including seven-time Olympic medalist and mom Amanda Beard. CDC and Beard are teaming up to encourage everyone to take steps to protect themselves and their family and friends while swimming.

 

U.S. breastfeeding rates continue to rise - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

In a press conference held today, top officials from CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that HPV vaccination rates in girls aged 13-17 years failed to increase between 2011 and 2012, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

HPV vaccine: Safe, effective, and grossly underutilized - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Breastfeeding rates have continued to rise over the past decade, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percent of babies breastfeeding at six months increased from 35 percent in 2000 to 49 percent in 2010.

 

CDC Telebriefing on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage and vaccine safety monitoring - TranscriptOpen in a New Window

CDC will host a telebriefing to discuss human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage among adolescent girls and postlicensure vaccine safety monitoring in the United States, 2007–2012.

 

CDC officials to discuss Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage and vaccine safety monitoring - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

CDC will host a telebriefing to discuss human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage among adolescent girls and postlicensure vaccine safety monitoring in the United States, 2007–2012.

 

Healthy life expectancies at age 65 highest in Hawaii, lowest in Mississippi - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Residents of the South regardless of race, and blacks throughout the United States, have lower healthy life expectancy at age 65, according to a report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

CDC releases report on 30-year low in youth homicide rates - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

The homicide rate for youth aged 10 to 24 years in the United States reached a 30-year low in 2010.

 

HHS grants to bolster disaster preparedness for health care, public health - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $916 million to continue improving preparedness and health outcomes for a wide range of public health threats within every state, eight U.S. territories, and four of the nation's largest metropolitan areas.

 

New CDC Vital Signs: Deaths from Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Rise Sharply Among Women - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

The number of prescription painkiller overdose deaths increased five fold among women between 1999 and 2010, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

New CDC Vital Signs: Deaths from Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Rise Sharply Among Women - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

The number of prescription painkiller overdose deaths increased five fold among women between 1999 and 2010, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report How has the prescription painkiller overdose epidemic grown in women? - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

The prescription painkiller epidemic is killing more women than ever before. New data shows prescription painkiller overdose deaths among women have skyrocketed.

 

CDC advisory committee recommends an influenza vaccine option for persons with egg allergy - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted today, 13 to 0, in favor of recommending FluBlok during the 2013-2014 influenza seasons for vaccination of persons 18 through 49 years of age with egg allergy of any severity.

 

CDC Telebriefing on HPV prevalence among young women following HPV vaccination introduction in the United States, NHANES, 2003-2010 - TranscriptOpen in a New Window

A new study looking at the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and women before and after the introduction of the HPV vaccine shows a significant reduction in vaccine-type HPV in U.S. teens.

 

HPV Vaccination - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection, representing nearly three-quarters of all newly acquired STIs. While the vast majority of HPV infections will not cause serious harm, some infections will persist and can lead to cervical cancer. Most infected persons do not realize they are infected, or that they are passing HPV on to a sex partner.

 

New study shows HPV vaccine helping lower HPV infection rates in teen girls - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

A new study looking at the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and women before and after the introduction of the HPV vaccine shows a significant reduction in vaccine-type HPV in U.S. teens.

 

CDC findings show higher suicide-related behaviors among youth involved in bullying - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

The Journal of Adolescent Health released a special issue focusing for the first time on the relationship between bullying and suicide. The special issue was assembled by an expert panel brought together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

CDC officials to discuss decline in Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in females since vaccination started in 2006 - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

CDC will host a telebriefing to discuss a new study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases that looks at the prevalence of vaccine-type human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in females since the vaccine was introduced in 2006.

 

David J. Sencer CDC Museum unveils cancer survivors’ photo exhibit - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

CDC cancer survivors are featured in the new exhibit, CANCER: Survivors in Focus, which highlights the public health impact of living with, through, and beyond cancer. The exhibit will be open June 17 through September 10, 2013. Several survivors will be available for pictures and interviews on Thursday, June 20.

 

Haiti close to eliminating lymphatic filariasis - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Haiti’s public health experts are one step closer to completely ridding its population of a disease that has long plagued the country. For the first time, millions of Haitians are now protected from the infectious, parasitic disease called lymphatic filariasis (LF).

 

CDC partners with 104 employers for National Healthy Worksite Program - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through its partner Viridian Health Management, has identified 104 employers in eight counties across the nation that have voluntarily chosen to participate in the National Healthy Worksite Program, a new initiative aimed at reducing chronic disease and building a healthier, more productive U.S. workforce. The initiative primarily focuses on small and mid-sized employers.

 

CDC urges everyone: Get ready to stay cool before temperatures soar - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Sometimes foods we love and count on for good health are contaminated with germs that cause serious illness and can be deadly for certain people. Listeria, while rare, is one of the most deadly germs spread by contaminated food.

 

New CDC Vital Signs: Listeria Food Poisoning Striking Hard at Nation’s Most Vulnerable - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Sometimes foods we love and count on for good health are contaminated with germs that cause serious illness and can be deadly for certain people. Listeria, while rare, is one of the most deadly germs spread by contaminated food.

 

Older Americans, pregnant women face highest risk from Listeria food poisoning - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Listeria can cause serious infection in certain vulnerable groups, resulting in higher rates of hospitalization and death than most other bacteria commonly spread by contaminated food. A new Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the key groups particularly hard hit by listeria food poisoning. It also highlights the importance of safety measures to prevent contamination of cheese and raw produce, such as those included in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.

 

Fewer Americans having problems paying medical bills - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

The percentage of people under age 65 in families having problems paying medical bills decreased from 21.7 percent in the first six months of 2011 to 20.3 percent in the first six months of 2012, according to a report from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

 

Anti-smoking ads increase odds of quitting in 14 countries - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

Awareness of anti-smoking messages on television, radio, or billboards, or in newspapers or magazines, significantly increased the odds that current smokers intend to quit in 14 of 17 countries surveyed, according to a study released in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

One in five Americans report visiting emergency room at least once in the past year - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

In 2011, 20 percent of U.S. adults reported at least one emergency room visit in the past year, and 7 percent reported two or more visits, according to Health, United States, 2012, the government’s annual, comprehensive report on American’s health.

 

MRSA study slashes deadly infections in sickest hospital patients - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs.

 

MRSA study slashes deadly infections in sickest hospital patients - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs.

 

Make a Splash! - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

As schools let out and summer approaches, it is important for us to remember to stay healthy and safe under the sun and in the water. Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the most deadly kind of skin cancer.

 

CDC director discusses Extreme Heat Awareness with Atlanta area school students - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

Because a doctors’ advice and assistance more than doubles the chances that a smoker will quit successfully, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with five national physician groups on the new “Talk With Your Doctor” campaign to encourage smokers to ask a doctor for help. The campaign also encourages clinicians to ask patients if they smoke and offer assistance in helping them to quit.

 

CDC director discusses Extreme Heat Awareness with Atlanta area school students - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

No one should die from a heat wave. But every year, extreme temperatures kills an average of 675 people in the United States more than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined. Extreme heat affects everyone, but children, the elderly, the poor or homeless, people who work or exercise outdoors, and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk.

 

CDC announces new members for the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today seven new members who will serve on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women (ACBCYW). The Committee was chartered in 2010 and consists of external experts and stakeholders. The committee members serve two- to four-year terms.

 

Large majority of adults have smoke-free rules in homes, vehicles - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Four out of five U.S. adults report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their homes and three out of four report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their vehicles, according to a study published in the journal a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

CDC to issue first comprehensive report on children’s mental health in the United States - Digital Press KitOpen in a New Window

Up to 1 in 5 children in the U.S. have a mental disorder and estimates are increasing. Children’s mental disorders are associated with poor school and health outcomes, and greater demands on the health, education, and juvenile justice and welfare systems. The MMWR Weekly Report Supplement titled, "Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States - 2005-2011," describes estimates of the number of children aged 3-17 years living in the United States with specific mental disorders, using information from different data sources collected in 2005-2011.

 

CDC to issue first comprehensive report on children's mental health in the United States - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue a report today, "Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States - 2005-2011," appearing as a supplement of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This is the first CDC report to track the number of U.S. children age 3-17 years who have specific mental disorders or indicators of mental health

 

CDC study finds fecal contamination in pools - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

A study of public pools done during last summer’s swim season found that feces are frequently introduced into pool water by swimmers. Through the study, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found germs in samples of pool filter water collected from public pools.

 

Following CDC Protocols Cuts Dialysis Bloodstream Infections in Half - Press ReleaseOpen in a New Window

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released results of its Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention Collaborative showing a 32 percent decrease in overall bloodstream infections and a 54 percent decrease in vascular access-related bloodstream infections after CDC prevention guidelines were used. Vascular access-related bloodstream infections are those related to devices used to access the bloodstream for hemodialysis.

 

CDC releases final West Nile virus national surveillance data for 2012 - Media AdvisoryOpen in a New Window

A total of 5,674 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 286 deaths, were reported to CDC from 48 states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). Of all West Nile virus disease cases reported, 2,873 (51 percent) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (e.g., meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis). The dates of illness onset (when the patients’ illness began) ranged from March through December 2012.

 

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