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- CDC has released updated recommendations on the 12-dose regimen for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection that include treatment for children ages 2–11 years, treatment for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and the use of self-administered therapy.
- Shorter treatment regimens, like the 12-dose regimen, make it easier for patients to finish treatment and result in higher completion rates.
- Healthcare providers can learn more about the 12-dose regimen and share patient education materials and medication tracking tools Cdc-pdf[PDF-155KB] with their patients.
- Nearly 70% of US households own one or more pets, and studies showExternal pets can make people happier and healthier.
- Pets—whether covered in fur, feathers, or scales—come with many benefits to people, but they can also carry germs that make people sick. These germs can sometimes result in outbreaks.
- Healthcare providers, veterinarians, and pet care businesses can encourage the community to take simple steps like handwashing and safely cleaning up after pets to help keep people and pets healthy.
- Fewer US high school students are having sex and using certain illicit drugs, according to the nearly 15,000 students who participated in the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
- Youth who engage in sexual risk behaviors Cdc-pdf[PDF-16.7MB] or high-risk substance use or who experience mental health problems, violence, or suicidal ideation, have a higher risk of illness, injury, and poor academic outcomes.
- Schools can help reduce youth’s risk by supporting safe environments and connectedness for all students, providing health education, building skills for healthy decision-making, and linking students to health services.
- Nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016, with rates increasing more than 30% in half of the states since 1999.
- More than half of people who die by suicide had no known mental health condition at the time of death.
- Health departments can work with communities to put in place a comprehensive suicide prevention program using CDC’s Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and PracticesExternal.
- Two in three US adults with arthritis are overweight or have obesity, which can increase their pain from arthritis.
- Less than half of these adults are getting a recommendation to lose weight from their healthcare providers.
- Healthcare providers can counsel their patients with arthritis who are also overweight with these five key techniques for managing arthritis pain.
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