CDC Vital Signs offers recent data and calls to action for important public health issues.
September 2014 Vital Signs Issue: Reducing Sodium in Children's Diets
About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. Most sodium is in the form of salt, as a part of processed foods. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Opioid Painkiller Prescribing
Where You Live Makes a Difference
Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks
Where You Live Makes a Difference.
Adults with Disabilities
Physical activity is for everybody.
Preventing Pregnancies in Younger Teens
Teen births in the US have declined over the last 20 years to the lowest level ever recorded, but still more than 86,000 teens ages 15 to 17 gave birth in 2012.
Making Health Care Safer
Antibiotic Rx in Hospitals: Proceed with Caution
About Vital Signs
The CDC Vital Signs monthly report was launched in 2010. It includes a MMWR Early Release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. Most of the materials are available in English and Spanish.
Vital Signs is released the first Tuesday of every month. Issues include colorectal and breast cancer screening, obesity, alcohol and tobacco use, HIV testing, motor vehicle safety, cardiovascular disease, teen pregnancy and healthcare-associated infections, foodborne disease and more.
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