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Despite the benefits of breastfeeding, a survey of 2,643 facilities suggests racial disparities exist in access to maternity care known to support breastfeeding.

Despite the benefits of breastfeeding, a survey of 2,643 facilities suggests racial disparities exist in access to maternity care known to support breastfeeding.

August 22, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 33
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Vaccine-Associated Paralytic Poliomyelitis and BCG-osis in an Immigrant Child with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome — Texas, 2013

In the United States, use of oral poliovirus (OPV) has been discontinued because of the potential for vaccine-associated paralytic polio (VAPP). However, polio eradication efforts in other parts of the world continue to rely on OPV. This report describes the case of an infant aged 7 months recently immigrated from India, with a history of OPV and bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination, who was diagnosed with VAPP and BCG-osis in Texas in 2013. This case demonstrates the importance of obtaining a comprehensive clinical history in a child who has recently immigrated to the United States, with recognition that differing vaccine practices in other countries might require additional consideration of potential etiologies.

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

July 25, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. SS–7
Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis — United States, 2010–2011

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease for which no cure has been identified. In 2009, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) implemented the National ALS Registry to collect and analyze data regarding persons with ALS in the United States. During October 19, 2010–December 31, 2011, a total of 12,187 persons meeting the surveillance case definition of definite ALS were identified by the Registry, for a prevalence of 3.9 cases of ALS per 100,000 persons in the U.S. general population. Data collected by the National ALS Registry are being used to describe the prevalence of ALS in the United States better and to help facilitate research.

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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