January 2018

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a 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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January 26, 2018
January 19, 2018
  • Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. It can cause vision loss and even blindness if not detected early.
  • The most common form external iconof glaucoma progresses slowly over a long period of time without the person noticing vision loss until the disease is very advanced.
  • Public health professionals can work in community-based settings to increase glaucoma detection rates by reaching people at high risk, including African Americans, seniors, and people with diabetes.
January 12, 2018
  • There are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among US babies each year.    
  • Although safe sleep practices—like placing babies on their back to sleep—can reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, unsafe sleep practices are still common, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • State and local health departments can promote safe sleep recommendationsexternal icon by conducting communication campaigns, training care providers in hospitals and childcare centers, and working with programs that serve mothers and babies.
January 5, 2018
  • Antibiotics treat only bacterial infections; they don’t work on viruses like the ones that cause colds or the flu.
  • When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t make patients feel better, and side effects could be harmful.
  • Healthcare providers can prevent infections and slow the spread of antibiotic resistance by advising patients to cover coughs, clean hands, stay home when sick, and get recommended vaccines.

Did You Know?  information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.

Page last reviewed: January 26, 2018