Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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- Birth defects affect nearly 8 million babies around the globe; join CDC in observing the first-annual World Birth Defects DayExternal on Tuesday, March 3.
- More than 90%External of all infants with serious birth defects are born in middle- and low-income countries, which often don’t have services Cdc-pdf[PDF–526MB]External to care for these children.
- CDC and 11 global partners encourage you to raise awareness about birth defectsExternal worldwide.
- Every year, one in three people aged 65 or older experiences a fall, which is the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults.
- Falls among older adults cost the US $30 billion a year in direct medical expenses.
- A new study finds that community-based fall prevention programsExternal are feasible and effective and save money.
- Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death—find out what your state is doing to prevent drunk driving and increase use of restraints.
- The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes is more than $59 billion; learn about strategies that work to make our roads safer from drunk drivers.
- CDC’s Prevention Status Reports highlight the status of 4 key policies and practices that all 50 states and DC can use to reduce motor vehicle injuries and deaths.
- More than 58 million nonsmokers in the US—including 15 million children ages 3-11—are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke kills more than 41,000 adult nonsmokers each year from heart disease and lung cancer and more than 400 infants from sudden infant death syndrome.
- Proven interventionsExternal, including adopting smoke-free policiesExternal for public and residential buildings, can reduce secondhand smoke exposure.
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