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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- Diabetes prevention can reduce long-term medical costsExternal; the US spends 20% of its healthcare dollars to treat people with diabetes.
- More of us are getting diabetes, but we’re also living with it longerExternal, so we’ll need more health services and effective interventionsExternal.
- You can use the Chronic Disease Cost Calculator, along with other cost analysis tools, to estimate the costs of diabetes and other chronic diseases.
- Influenza (flu) patients at high risk for serious complications can get very sick and die from the flu.
- Antiviral drugs for treating the flu, available by prescription, can lessen symptoms and shorten the flu’s duration.
- All high-risk patients and all hospitalized patients with suspected flu should be treated with antivirals as soon as possible, without waiting for confirmatory flu testing.
- Folic acid fortification of foods, like bread and pasta, has helped about 1,300 more US babies to be born each year without a major birth defect of the brain or spine.
- These 9 health habits can reduce a baby’s risk for birth defects.
- You can share National Birth Defects Prevention Network resources to help prevent birth defectsExternal and Make a PACT for Prevention Cdc-pdf[PDF–1.4MB]External.
- An average of 6 people die from alcohol poisoning in the US each day—and 76% of these are middle-aged adults.
- Very high levels of alcohol in the body can shut down critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature, resulting in death.
- States and communities can prevent alcohol poisoning deaths by supporting proven programs and policiesExternal to reduce binge drinking.
- It’s open enrollment season through the Health Insurance Marketplace, where nearly 8 out of 10 people can get insurance coverage for $100 or lessExternal per month.
- You can sign up for a plan at HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596 through February 15. Once enrolled, you can use the Roadmap (English Cdc-pdf[PDF-959KB]External or Spanish Cdc-pdf[PDF-621KB]External) to learn about benefits.
- If you had coverage in 2014, you can take 5 steps Cdc-pdf[PDF-277KB]External to stay covered through 2015.
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