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Ladder falls account for substantial proportions of U.S. fall injuries and deaths.

Ladder falls account for substantial proportions of U.S. fall injuries and deaths.

April 25, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 16
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Occupational Ladder Fall Injuries — United States, 2011

Approximately 43% of all fatal falls in the last decade in the United States have involved a ladder. Among construction workers, an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments involve a ladder. To fully characterize fatal and nonfatal injuries associated with ladder falls among workers in the United States, CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health analyzed data across multiple surveillance systems.

MMWR Recommendations and Reports

April 25, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. RR–4
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Providing Quality Family Planning Services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs

This report provides recommendations developed collaboratively by CDC and the Office of Population Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlining how to provide family planning services. Such services include contraceptive services, pregnancy testing and counseling, helping clients achieve pregnancy, basic infertility services, preconception health services, and sexually transmitted disease services. The primary audience for this report is all current or potential providers of family planning services, including those working in services sites that are dedicated to family planning service delivery as well as private and public providers of more comprehensive primary care.

MMWR Surveillance Summaries

April 25, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. SS–3
Core State Preconception Health Indicators — Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2009

Promoting preconception health can potentially improve women’s health and pregnancy outcomes. Evidence-based interventions exist to reduce many maternal behaviors and chronic conditions that are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes such as tobacco use, alcohol use, inadequate folic acid intake, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing state- and population-based surveillance system designed to monitor selected self-reported maternal behaviors, conditions, and experiences that occur shortly before, during, and after pregnancy among women who deliver live-born infants. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an ongoing state-based telephone survey of noninstitutionalized adults aged ≥18 years in the United States that collects state-level data on health-related risk behaviors, chronic conditions, and preventive health services. Data from PRAMS and BRFSS were used to compile this surveillance summary on preconception health.

MMWR Supplements

April 18, 2014 / Vol. 63 / Supplement / No. 1
Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities — Selected CDC-Sponsored Interventions, United States, 2014

In 2011, CDC published the first CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report (CHDIR) , which examined health disparities in the United States associated with various characteristics, including race/ethnicity, sex, income, education, disability status, and geography. The 2013 CHDIR included updated most topics from the 2011 CHDIR and presented several new topics. This report complements the CHDIR series by presenting five CDC-sponsored interventions that have been applied to decrease health disparities in the United States.


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