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CDC Prevention Checklist
Preventive health care can help you stay healthier throughout your life. For many people, certain preventive health care is now free, with no copays or deductibles. Learn about the preventive care that you and your loved ones need and ask your healthcare provider what health care you need to stay healthy.

Mortality in the United States, 2012
These data provide information on mortality patterns among residents of the United States by such variables as sex, race and ethnicity, and cause of death. In 2012, life expectancy was 81.2 years for females and 76.4 for males. Life expectancy for females was consistently higher than that for males. In 2012, the difference in life expectancy between females and males was 4.8 years, the same as in 2011.

Day of the Girl
October 11 was International Day of the Girl Child, also known as Day of the Girl. Learn about several important issues in the United States and what we can do to promote the health and safety of girls.

Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2013
Based on the 2013 NHIS data, 96.6% of adults identified as straight, 1.6% identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% identified as bisexual. Significant differences were found in health-related behaviors, health status, health care service utilization, and health

Health, United States, 2013 Includes Special Section on Prescription Drugs
The report includes a compilation of health data from state and federal health agencies and the private sector. This year’s report includes a special section on prescription drugs.

Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2012
Two of the findings from this report: the rate of medically consulted injury and poisoning episodes occurring inside the home was higher for females than for males.


Winnable Battles Progress Report 2010-2015
CDC set clear goals and established meaningful indicators of success for key winnable battles, including healthcare-associated infections; tobacco; nutrition, physical activity, and obesity; food safety; motor vehicle safety; teen pregnancy; and HIV prevention. The Winnable Battles Progress Report 2010-2015 shows where we are on meeting our 2015 goals.

Emergency Department Visits by Persons Aged 65 and Over: United States, 2009-2010
In 2009-2010, a total of 19.6 million emergency department (ED) visits in the United States were made by persons aged 65 and over. The visit rate for this age group was 511 per 1,000 persons and increased with age.

Notes from the Field: Acute Hepatitis and Liver Failure Following the Use of a Dietary Supplement Intended for Weight Loss or Muscle Building -- May-October 2013
A number of previously healthy individuals developed acute hepatitis and sudden liver failure of unknown cause after using a dietary supplement for weight loss or muscle building. CDC recommends increased vigilance by public health agencies, emergency departments, and healthcare providers for patients who develop acute hepatitis or liver failure following use of a weight loss or muscle building nutritional supplement.

Prescription Painkiller Overdose
About 18 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the US, more than 6,600 deaths in 2010. Prescription painkiller overdoses are an under-recognized and growing problem for women.

Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers and Other Drugs Among Women — United States, 1999–2010
In 2010, a total of 15,323 deaths among women were attributed to drug overdose, a rate of 9.8 per 100,000 population. Deaths from opioid pain relievers (OPRs) increased fivefold between 1999 and 2010 for women. Health-care providers should follow guidelines for responsible prescribing, including screening and monitoring for substance abuse and mental health problems, when prescribing OPR.

Healthy Things Every Mother Should Do
Moms should make their health a priority and take simple steps to live a safer and healthier life. While being a mother means caring for others, here are a few things moms can do to take care of themselves. Moms of every age can take steps to live a safer and healthier life.

Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005–2010
Increased consumption of added sugars has been linked to a decrease in intake of essential micronutrients and an increase in body weight. Women aged 20–39 consumed an average 275 kcals from added sugars, women aged 40–59 consumed 236 kcals from added sugars, and women aged 60 and over consumed 182 kcals from added sugars.

10 Tips for a Healthy and Safe Prom
Follow these tips to make sure your prom is fun, safe, and healthy!

CDC Stacks
CDC Stacks comprises curated collections of full-text peer reviewed articles, guidelines and recommendations, and many more documents on a broad range of public health topics. The documents are retained indefinitely and are available for public health professionals and researchers, as well as the general public.

First Premarital Cohabitation in the United States: 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth
This report provides an updated description of trends and patterns in first premarital cohabitations among women aged 15–44 in the United States using the National Survey of Family Growth. Trends in pregnancies within first premarital cohabiting unions and differences by Hispanic origin and race, and education are also presented.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Caitlin's Story
March is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) awareness month. About 300,000 to 600,000 people are newly affected by DVT each year in the United States. Read about one woman's experience with DVT.

Mobile Device Use While Driving — United States and Seven European Countries, 2011
In the United States, few differences by sex were observed. A significantly larger percentage of both men and women aged 25–44 years reported talking on a cell phone while driving compared with those aged 55–64 years, and a significantly larger percentage of men and women aged 18–34 years reported that they had read or sent text or e-mail messages while driving compared with those aged 45–64 years.


Launch of Sortable Stats 2.0 - Your Interactive Database for Behavioral Risk Factors and Health Indicators (10/30/2012)
Sortable Stats is an interactive database with data on 31 behavioral risk factors and health indicators. The updated Sortable Stats 2.0 site provides users with easy access to extensive public health data on a state/region and enables comparison with other states/regions and the nation.

Calories Consumed From Alcoholic Beverages by U.S. Adults, 2007–2010 (10/30/2012)
Men consume more calories from alcoholic beverages than women. Women in age groups 20–39 and 40–59 consume about 60 alcohol calories on average, while older women consume about one-half of that amount—33 calories.

Cluster of Cases of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) (10/30/2012)
CDC and FDA are working with the Tennessee Department of Health on investigating a cluster of at least 12 patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) who have injected the opioid pain reliever, Opana ER®, for nonmedical reasons since February, 2012. Most cases of drug-associated TTP occur in women.

Upcoming National Survey of Family Growth Research Conference (9/30/2012)
Registration is now OPEN for the 2012 Research Conference on the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), hosted by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), on Wednesday and Thursday October 17 and 18, 2012. The conference will be held at NCHS located in Hyattsville, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC.

Key Statistics from the National Survey of Family Growth (8/30/2012)
These Key Statistics give some of the most important findings from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). All results are from published reports or special tabulations. Where available, a hyperlink to the source report is given.

CDC Telebriefing on West Nile Virus Update, Wednesday, August 29 (8/30/2012)
As of August 28th, 2012, a total of 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes. Forty-three states have reported at least one human case of West Nile virus disease.

Women’s History Month 2012 (3/30/2012)
The 2012 theme for Women's History Month is "Women's Education-Women's Empowerment". Learn about the connection between education and women's health.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Caitlin's Story (3/30/2012)
About 300,000 to 600,000 people are newly affected by DVT each year in the United States. Read about one woman's experience with DVT.

Planning for the Big Day! Wedding Health and Safety Tips (3/30/2012)
Planning a wedding can be wonderful and stressful, so make decisions that support the day and your mental and physical health. Include ways to be safe and healthy on your wedding plan "to do" list.

First Marriages in the United States: Data from the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth (3/30/2012)
This report shows trends and group differences in current marital status, with a focus on first marriages among women and men aged 15-44 years in the United States. In 2006-2010, women and men married for the first time at older ages than in previous years. The median age at first marriage was 25.8 for women and 28.3 for men.

75 Years of Mortality in the United States, 1935-2010 (3/30/2012)
While the overall risk of mortality decreased 60 percent over this 75-year period, there were fluctuations in the rate of decline most likely associated with changes in the broader environment. Between 1935 and 2010, age-adjusted death rates decreased by 56 percent for males and 62 percent for females.

Women’s Health Ebrief (3/30/2012)
This e-brief provides summaries of recent research findings, funding, and programs in women’s health at CDC.

Raw (Unpasteurized) Milk) (3/8/2012)
Raw milk can carry harmful germs that can make you very sick or kill you. The risk of getting sick from drinking raw milk is greater for infants and young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer, an organ transplant, or HIV/AIDS, than it is for healthy school-aged children and adults.


Figure 5. Life expectancy, by race and sex: United States, 1970-2008 (12/29/2011)

Gather and Share Your Family Health History (12/29/2011)
If you are concerned about a disease running in your family, collect your family health history and talk to your doctor at your next visit. A doctor can evaluate all of the factors that may affect your risk of some diseases, including family health history, and can recommend ways to reduce that risk.

Test Your Knowledge: Health and Safety Quizzes and Tools (12/29/2011)
Learn more about your health and safety. Select from the list of topics and take the quiz. Call or see your health provider if you have questions or concerns.

Best Practices for Screening Reproductive Aged Women for Chronic Disease and Related Risk Factors, Preventing Chronic Disease, November 2011 (11/3/2011)
Ten articles on women’s health issues are featured in the November 2011 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease.

Drinking and Driving: A Threat to Everyone (11/3/2011)
Alcohol-impaired drivers are involved in about 1 in 3 crash deaths, resulting in nearly 11,000 deaths in 2009. Driving drunk is never OK. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.

A Public Health Approach for Advancing Sexual Health in the United States: Rationale and Options for Implementation (9/16/2011)
On April 28-29, 2010, CDC held a consultation with 67 experts in the field of sexual health to discuss the elements of the green paper and to further explore the rationale, vision, and priority actions for a public health approach to advance sexual health in the United States. This report is a summary of the meeting’s proceedings.

Carbon Monoxide Exposures - United States, 2000-2009 (9/16/2011)
Although symptoms varied slightly between persons managed on-site and those treated at a health-care facility, most CO exposures occurred at home and most often involved females, children aged ≤17 years, and adults aged 18-44 years.

Resting Pulse Rate Reference Data for Children, Adolescents, and Adults: United States, 1999-2008 (9/16/2011)
There is a significant gender difference, with the male pulse rate plateauing in early adulthood, while the female resting pulse plateaus later when middle-aged.  RPR is inversely associated with age.

National Prevention Strategy: America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness (6/15/2011)
The National Prevention Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. Created by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council in consultation with the public and an Advisory Group of outside experts, the Strategy recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care but from stopping disease before it starts.

Vital Signs: Asthma Prevalence, Disease Characteristics, and Self-Management Education - United States, 2001-2009 (5/10/2011)
Significant differences in prevalence by age, sex, and race/ethnicity persisted over the observed period. Prevalence among adults was greatest for women (9.7%) and adults who were poor (10.6%).

Vitamin D Status: United States, 2001-2006 (3/30/2011)
This brief presents the most recent national data on vitamin D status in the U.S. population based on these IOM categories. Results are presented by age, sex, race and ethnicity, and, for women, by pregnancy and lactation status.

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report -- United States, 2011 (1/24/2011)
This is the first in a series of periodic, consolidated assessments that highlight health disparities by sex, race and ethnicity, income, education, disability status and other social characteristics in the U.S. The report provides analysis and reporting of the recent trends and ongoing variations in health disparities and inequalities in selected social and health indicators.

Adult Seat Belt Use in the US (1/24/2011)
Millions of Americans are not protected from injury because they aren't wearing their seat belts on every trip. Find out what can be done to increase seat belt use in the U.S.

National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2006 Annual Summary (1/10/2011)
This report presents 2006 national estimates and selected trend data on the use of nonfederal short-stay hospitals in the United States. An estimated 34.9 million inpatients were discharged from nonfederal short-stay hospitals in 2006. For females, results include - Over one-half of all deliveries resulted in a length of stay of 2 or fewer days. The rate of episiotomies per 100 vaginal deliveries decreased from 43.2 in 1996 to 16.0 in 2006.

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