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Digital Press Kit 2014


Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics and Paralympics

Photo: Fireworks at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, part of the complex of facilities operated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

First released: January 30, 2014

CDC wants you and your travel team to enjoy the Winter Games and bring home a suitcase full of gold, silver, and bronze memories. Plan ahead for safe and healthy travel!

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Reducing sodium in restaurant food is an opportunity for choice

Photo: Only one in six adults talk with a health professional about their drinking

First released: January 23, 2014

The average American eats out at a fast food or dine-in restaurant almost five times a week. CDC is collaborating with the food industry to reduce sodium in the food supply and providing technical assistance to the public health community for work on sodium reduction, as it is a public health priority.

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New CDC Vital Signs: Alcohol Screening and Counseling

Infographic; Only one in six adults talk with a health professional about their drinking

First released: January 7, 2014

Only one in six adults -- and only one in four binge drinkers -- say a health professional has ever discussed alcohol use with them even though drinking too much is harmful to health, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Protecting Against Disease Epidemics

Photo: Uganda has often requested a team of CDC scientists to assist with disease detection, laboratory work and overall incident management.

First released:February 13, 2014

CDC works with global partners to build countries’ global health security capacities to better protect the world from infectious disease epidemics. In our interconnected world, a health threat anywhere is a threat everywhere. 

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New CDC Vital Signs: Child Passenger Safety

Photo: Mother fastening her toddler's car seat

First released: February 4, 2014

One in three children who died in crashes in 2011 was not buckled up, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. CDC analyzed 2002–2011 data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to determine the number and rate of motor-vehicle occupant deaths, and the percentage of child deaths among children age 12 and younger who were not buckled up. Motor vehicle crash deaths among children age 12 and younger decreased by 43 percent in the past decade (2002-2011), however, more than 9,000 children died in crashes during that period.

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Autism Estimates Continue to Rise: New Data to Drive Action for Communities and Families

Infographic: Number of children identified with ASD: 1 in 68.

First released: March 27, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a surveillance summary report, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years- Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010.”

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Hospital Infections: Some Progress, but More Work Needed

Photo:  Illustration: CDC microbiologist Valerie Albrecht holds up two plates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

First released: March 26, 2014

Today, CDC released two new reports that detail national estimates of HAIs and report on national and state-specific progress toward preventing HAIs. These reports show that progress is being made, but three-quarters of a million infections still threaten hospital patients.

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New CDC Vital Signs: Antibiotic Prescribing Putting Patients at Risk

Illustration: Clostridium difficile

First released: March 4, 2014

Antibiotics can be lifesaving, but poor prescribing practices put hospital patients at risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. These practices also drive antibiotic resistance, further endangering the future of these miracle drugs and the patients who need them. For some hospital patients, it is already too late. We must change prescribing practices now.

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New CDC Vital Signs: Younger teens still account for 1 in 4 teen births

Photo: Application of mosquito repellent

First released: April 8, 2014

Although births to younger teens aged 15 to 17 years have declined, they still represent over a quarter of teen births - nearly 1,700 births a week, according to this month’s Vital Signs by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This reinforces the need for targeted interventions to prevent teen pregnancy. CDC researchers analyzed birth data from the National Vital Statistics System and adolescent health behavior data from the National Survey of Family Growth.

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World Health Day

Photo: Application of mosquito repellent

First released: April 7, 2014

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins the World Health Organization(WHO) and other public health partners in recognizing World Health Day, which this year spotlights vector-borne diseases.

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CDC Supports APHA National Public Health Week

Photo: Family eating a meal outdoors

First released: April 4, 2014

National Public Health Week, an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA) is April 7-13. This week raises awareness of the important role that public health and prevention play in keeping communities healthy. The CDC works with APHA to improve the health of all Americans and welcomes partnering with them on this initiative. APHA and our other state and local partners play crucial roles in helping us protect the health of the American people.

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