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Alcohol

Alcohol Screening and Brief Counseling: An Important Part of Adult Preventative Care
At least 38 million adults in the US drink too much, causing about 88,000 deaths in the US each year and costing the economy about $224 billion. Alcohol screening and brief counseling can reduce drinking on an occasion by 25%. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion of alcohol screening and counseling.

Binge Drinking among Women and High School Girls
Binge drinking is a dangerous behavior but is not widely recognized as a women’s health problem. Drinking too much – including binge drinking - results in about 23,000 deaths in women and girls each year. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Binge Drinking among Women and High School Girls.

Binge Drinking
New estimates show that binge drinking is a bigger problem than previously thought. More than 38 million U.S. adults binge drink, about 4 times a month, and the largest number of drinks per binge is on average 8. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Binge Drinking.

Asthma

Asthma
Asthma currently affects 7.1 million children and 17.5 million adults in the United States. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Asthma.

Cancer

Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives
About 1 in 3 adults between 50 and 75 years old is not getting tested for colorectal cancer as recommended. Increasing the use of all recommended colorectal cancer tests can save more lives and is cost-effective. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on colorectal cancer screening.

Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States (2005-2009). Black women have the highest death rates of all racial and ethnic groups and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on breast cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Screening, Incidence, and Mortality
Colorectal cancer is the #2 cancer killer in the US among cancers that affect both men and women. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on colorectal cancer.

Cardiovascular Disease

Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease & Stroke: Improving Care Can Save More Lives
Nearly 1 in 3 deaths in the US each year is caused by heart disease and stroke. At least 200,000 of these deaths could have been prevented through changes in health habits, community changes, and managing high blood pressure and cholesterol, and diabetes. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary on preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke.

Getting Blood Pressure Under Control
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, both of which are leading causes of death in the US. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on getting blood pressure under control.

High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular (blood vessel) diseases are among the leading cause of death. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Where's the Sodium?
More than 800,000 people die each year from heart disease, stroke and other vascular diseases, costing the nation $273 billion health care dollars in 2010. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on sodium.

Disabilities

Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults with Disabilities
Twenty-one million US adults 18–64 years of age have a disability; and only 44% of adults with disabilities who visited a doctor in the past year were told by a doctor to get physical activity. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on increasing physical activity among adults with disabilities.

Foodborne Illness

Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks from Contaminated Food
About 20 million people get sick from norovirus each year, most from close contact with infected people or by eating contaminated food. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on preventing norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food.

When Food Bites Back: Act Locally, Control Nationally
Approximately 90% of people who get Listeria are either pregnant women and their newborns, people 65 years or older, or people with weakened immune systems. Listeria infection can cause miscarriage and meningitis, and is fatal for about 1 in every 5 people infected. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on the foodborne illness, Listeria.

Foodborne Illness: Common, Costly...Preventable
Each year, roughly 1 in 6 people in the US gets sick from eating contaminated food. The 1,000 or more reported outbreaks that happen each year reveal familiar culprits—Salmonella and other common germs. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on making food safer to eat.

Healthcare-Associated Infections

Improving Antibiotic Prescribing in Hospitals
More than half of all hospital patients receive an antibiotic. Although antibiotics save lives, they can also put patients at risk for certain infections, including Clostridium difficile. This infection occurs in at least 250,000 patients and causes 14,000 deaths of hospitalized patients each year. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on improving antibiotic prescribing in hospitals.

Stopping Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae Infections: Making Health Care Safer
Untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from CRE germs are on the rise among patients in medical facilities. Although not common, CRE infections in the bloodstream are fatal for up to 50% of patients who contract them. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on healthcare-associated infections.

Making Healthcare Safer: Stopping Clostridium difficile Infections
While most types of healthcare-associated infections are declining, one - caused by the germ C. difficile - remains at historically high levels. C. difficile infections cost at least $1 billion in extra health care costs annually. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on making healthcare safer.

Healthcare-associated Infections in the United States
Medical professionals have reduced these infections in hospital intensive care unit (ICU) patients by 58% since 2001. Even so, many still occur in ICUs, in other parts of hospitals, and in outpatient care locations. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on healthcare-associated infections in the United States.

Hepatitis

Hepatitis C: Testing Baby Boomers Saves Lives
Approximately 3 million adults in the US are infected with the hepatitis C virus; most are baby boomers. Up to 3 in 4 people infected do not know they have hepatitis C and are not getting the necessary medical care. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on hepatitis C.

HIV in the US

HIV Among Youth in the US—Protecting a Generation
About 50,000 people are infected with HIV each year, and 1 in 4 is 13 to 24 years old. Youth make up 7% of the more than 1 million people in the US living with HIV. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on HIV Among Youth in the US.

HIV Testing in the United States
Of an estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV, as many as 1 in 5 don't know they are infected. This teleconference featured an overview of Vital Signs, a summary of the HIV testing Vital Signs report, and discussion of successful strategies to expand HIV testing in Maryland and Texas, as well as by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.

New Hope for Stopping HIV
Each year, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV in the US. Getting an HIV test is the first step to finding out if you have HIV and getting medical care. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on New Hope for Stopping HIV.

Mental Illness

Adult Smoking and Mental Illness
Adults with mental illness are 70% more likely to smoke than adults with no mental illness. Because many people with mental illness smoke, many of them will get sick and die early from smoking. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Adult Smoking and Mental Illness.

Motor Vehicle Safety

Child Passenger Safety: A State and Tribal Perspective
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the US. Even though motor vehicle deaths among children have decreased, still more than 9,000 children age 12 and under have died in crashes in the past decade. Using an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat correctly can be a lifesaver. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion of child passenger safety.

Teen Drinking and Driving: A Dangerous Mix
The percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has decreased by more than half since 1991, but more can be done. Teen drivers are three times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Teen Drinking and Driving.

Drinking and Driving in the U.S.
U.S. adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010. Though episodes of driving after drinking too much ("drinking and driving") have gone down by 30% during the past 5 years, it remains a serious problem in the U.S. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Drinking and Driving.

Motor Vehicle Passenger Safety
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 5 – 34. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on lessons learned from the implementation of Michigan's primary enforcement seat belt law and various motor vehicle laws in Massachusetts.

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Progress on Childhood Obesity: Many States Show Declines
After decades of rising, obesity rates in low-income preschoolers has declined in many states; however 1 in 8 preschoolers is obese in the US. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on childhood obesity.

Child Injury
Child injuries are preventable, yet more than 9,000 children died from injuries in the United States in 2009. Car crashes, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires, and falls are some of the most common ways children are hurt or killed. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Child Injury.

Hospital Support for Breastfeeding
Childhood obesity is an epidemic. In the US, 1 preschooler in 5 is at least overweight, and half of these are obese. Breastfeeding helps protect against childhood obesity. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Hospital Support for Breastfeeding.

More People Walk to Better Health
More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation, or exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on More People Walk to Better Health.

Prescription Drug Overdose

Success Stories: States Take Action to Combat Overprescribing
Forty-six people die every day from an overdose of prescription painkillers in the US. The increase in healthcare providers prescribing painkillers is a key driver of the increase in prescription overdoses. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on overprescribing opioid painkillers.

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Among Women
For women, 7 in 10 prescription drug deaths include painkillers. Approximately 18 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the US; and for every woman who dies, 30 go to the emergency department for painkiller misuse or abuse. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on prescription painkiller overdoses among women.

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses
While all prescription painkillers have contributed to an increase in overdose deaths over the last decade, methadone has played a central role in the epidemic. More than 30% of prescription painkiller deaths involve methadone, even though only 2% of painkiller prescriptions are for this drug. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Prescription Drug Overdoses in the United States.

Prescription Drug Overdose
Deaths from prescription painkillers have reached epidemic levels in the past decade. The number of overdose deaths is now greater than those of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Prescription Drug Overdose in the United States.

Teen Pregnancy

Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Younger Teens
Teen births in the US have declined over the last 20 years, however more than 86,000 teens ages 15 to 17 gave birth in 2012. More can be done to prevent younger teens from becoming pregnant, particularly in health care. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on preventing teen pregnancy in younger teens.

Preventing Repeat Teen Births
Nearly 1 in 5 births to teen mothers, ages 15 to 19, is a repeat birth. Teen pregnancy and childbearing can carry high health, emotional, social, and financial costs for both teen parents and their children. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Preventing Repeat Teen Births.

Teen Pregnancy
More than 400,000 teenagers aged 15 to 19 years give birth each year in the United States. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on how to effectively engage partners in addressing this public health problem.

Tobacco Use

Adult Smoking and Mental Illness
Adults with mental illness are 70% more likely to smoke than adults with no mental illness. Because many people with mental illness smoke, many of them will get sick and die early from smoking. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Adult Smoking and Mental Illness.

Adult Smoking in the U.S.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the U.S. This teleconference featured a Vital Signs summary and discussion on Adult Smoking in the U.S.

 


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