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- The Community Preventive Services Task Force’s annual reportExternal to Congress outlines proven means to reduce cardiovascular disease and gaps in the evidenceExternal about how to prevent it.
- Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Almost 16% of US annual health expenditures go towards treating the 83 million American adults who suffer from heart disease and stroke.
- Health professionals can use a range of evidence-based strategiesExternal to reduce people’s risks for cardiovascular disease.
- For 25 years, CDC’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) has been providing state-specific data about the health of women before, during, and after pregnancy.
- Forty states and New York City now participate in PRAMS, representing about 78% of all US live births.
- States are using PRAMS data to improve mother and child health, supporting initiatives to help women start and continue breastfeeding.
- Some pets and other animals can make people sick; animals can shed bacteria even when they appear healthy and clean.
- CDC is investigating several human Salmonella outbreaks linked to small turtles, backyard flocks, and mail-order hatcheries.
- You can find free posters, formatted articles, and other educational resources to raise awareness about preventing Salmonella infections from animal contact.
- More than five times as many women died from prescription painkiller overdoses in 2010 than in 1999.
- For every woman who dies of a prescription painkiller overdose, 30 go to the emergency department for painkiller misuse or abuse.
- States can help by identifying improper prescribing of painkillers using prescription drug monitoring programs and other systems.
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