Vital Signs Issues
Vital Signs issues are grouped by topic. Some issues may have multiple related topics.
Issues by Topic
- Alcohol Screening and Counseling
An effective but underused health service
January 2014 [PDF - 1.00MB]
- Binge Drinking
A serious, under-recognized problem among women and girls
January 2013 [PDF - 1.47MB]
- Binge Drinking
Binge Drinking is common and a dangerous behavior for all ages.
January 2012 [PDF - 1.50 MB]
- Binge Drinking
A dangerous behavior for all ages.
October 2010 [PDF - 636 KB]
- Colorectal Cancer Tests Save Lives
Testing saves lives, but only if people get tested. Studies show that people who are able to pick the test they prefer are more likely to actually get the test done.
November 2013 PDF [1 MB]
- Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States (2005-2009).
November 2012 [PDF - 2.54 MB]
- Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the #2 cancer killer in the US among cancers that affect both men and women.
July 2011 [PDF - 3.40 MB]
- Cancer Screening
CDC report points out why more people need to get tested.
July 2010 [PDF - 5.61 MB]
- Reducing Sodium in Children's Diets
The pressure is on to keep blood pressure down
September 2014 [PDF - 1.65 MB] , [en Español PDF - 1.65 MB]
- Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease & Stroke
Improving care can save more lives
September 2013 [PDF - 2 MB] , [en Español PDF - 3.13 MB]
- 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.
September 2012 [PDF - 2.65 MB]
- Where's the sodium?
About 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.
February 2012 [PDF - 2.51 MB]
- High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular (blood vessel) diseases are among the leading cause of death and now kill more than 800,000 adults in the US each year.
February 2011 [PDF - 750 KB]
- Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks
Food service has a key role.
June 2014 [PDF - 2.00 MB]
- Recipe for Food Safety
Protecting people from deadly Listeria food poisoning.
June 2013 [PDF - 2.17 MB]
- Making Food Safer to Eat
Each year, roughly 1 in 6 people in the US gets sick from eating contaminated food.
June 2011 [PDF - 3.49 MB]
Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI)
- Making Health Care Safer
Antibiotic Rx in Hospitals: Proceed with Caution
March 2014 [PDF - 1.44 MB]
- Making Health Care Safer: Stop Infections from Lethal CRE Germs Now
Untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from CRE germs are on the rise among patients in medical facilities.
March 2013 [PDF - 1.62 MB]
- Making Health Care Safer: Stopping C. difficile Infections
People getting medical care can catch serious infections called health care-associated infections (HAIs).
March 2012 [PDF - 1.25 MB]
- Making Health Care Safer: Reducing Bloodstream Infections
Bloodstream infections in patients with central lines are largely preventable when healthcare providers use CDC-recommended infection control steps.
March 2011 [PDF - 2.44 MB]
- HIV Among Youth in the US
About 50,000 people are infected with HIV each year, and 1 in 4 is 13 to 24 years old.
November 2012 [PDF - 2.04 MB]
- HIV Testing in the US
Of an estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV, as many as 1 in 5 don't know they are infected.
December 2010 [PDF - 1.81 MB]
- New Hope for Stopping HIV
About 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the US but about 240,000 don't know they are infected.
December 2011 [PDF - 1.27 MB]
Motor Vehicle Safety
- Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries
More than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency department (ED)—and nearly 200,000 were then hospitalized—for crash injuries in 2012.
October 2014 [PDF - 1.51 MB]
- 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.
February 2014 [PDF - 3.22 MB]
- Teen Drinking and Driving
The percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has decreased by more than half since 1991, but more can be done.
October 2012 [PDF - 2.58 MB]
- Drinking and Driving
US adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010.
October 2011 [PDF - 1.06 MB]
- Adult Seat Belt Use
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 5 – 34. Adult seat belt use is the single most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.
January 2011 [PDF - 2.80 MB]
- Progress on Children Eating More Fruit, Not Vegetables
The amount of whole fruit children, 2-18 years old, ate increased by 67% from 2003 to 2010 and replaced fruit juice as the main contributor of fruit to children's diets.
August 2014 [PDF - 3.22 MB], [en Español PDF - 16.9 MB]
- Progress on Childhood Obesity
Many states show declines.
August 2013 [PDF - 2.88 MB], [en Español PDF - 2.88 MB]
- More People Walk to Better Health
More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle.
August 2012 [PDF - 2.14 MB]
- Hospital Support for Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding helps protect against childhood obesity.
August 2011 [PDF - 1.24 MB]
- Adult Obesity
More than 72 million US adults are obese.
August 2010 [PDF - 1.99 MB]
Prescription Drug Overdoses
- Opioid Painkiller Prescribing
Where You Live Makes a Difference
July 2014 [PDF - 1.18 MB]
- Prescription Painkiller Overdoses
A Growing Epidemic, Especially Among Women
July 2013 [PDF - 1.20 MB]
- Prescription Painkiller Overdoses
Stopping Risky Use of Methadone as a Painkiller
July 2012 [PDF - 1.10 MB]
- Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US
Deaths from prescription painkillers* have reached epidemic levels in the past decade.
November 2011 [PDF - 1.62 MB]
- 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.
April 2014 [PDF - 2.17 MB] , Spanish [PDF - 1.16 MB]
- Preventing Repeat Teen Births
Although teen birth rates have been falling for the last two decades, more than 365,000 teens, ages 15–19, gave birth in 2010.
April 2013 [PDF - 2.07 MB] , Spanish [PDF - 1.81 MB]
- Preventing Teen Pregnancy in the US
Having a child during the teen years carries high costs—emotional, physical, and financial—to the mother, father, child, and community.
April 2011 [PDF - 1.57 MB]
- Adult Smoking
Focusing on People with Mental Illness
February 2013 [PDF - 2.65MB]
- Adult Smoking in the US
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the US.
September 2011 [PDF - 1.14 MB]
- Tobacco Use
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the US.
September 2010 [PDF - 4.43 MB]
- Adults with Disabilities
Physical activity is for everybody.
May 2014 [PDF - 1.60 MB]
- Hepatitis C
Testing baby boomers saves lives.
May 2013 [PDF - 1.60 MB]
- Child Injury
Child injuries are preventable, yet more than 9,000 children died from injuries in the US in 2009.
April 2012 [PDF - 1.10 MB]
- Asthma in the US
Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. It can limit a person's quality of life.
May 2011 [PDF - 1.45 MB]
- Access to Health Care
A record number of Americans are uninsured or underinsured.
November 2010 [PDF - 536 KB]