CDC Vital Signs offers recent data and calls to action for important public health issues.
March 2014 Vital Signs Issue: Making Health Care Safer
Antibiotics save lives, but poor prescribing practices are putting patients at unnecessary risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. Errors in prescribing decisions also contribute to antibiotic resistance, making these drugs less likely to work in the future.
Child Passenger Safety
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the US. Buckling up is the best way to save lives and reduce injuries.
Alcohol Screening and Counseling
An effective but underused health service.
Colorectal Cancer Tests Save Lives
The best test is the test that gets done.
Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease & Stroke
Improving care can save more lives.
Progress on Childhood Obesity
Many states show declines.
Recipe for Food Safety
Protecting people from deadly Listeria food poisoning.
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