Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office 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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June 23, 2017
- Sickle cell disease—a group of inherited red blood cell disorders—can cause health problems that require care in a hospital or clinic emergency department (ED).
- People with sickle cell disease who go to EDs sometimes face longer wait times or are perceived as drug-seeking because their symptoms might be less visible.
- ED healthcare providers [PDF-334KB] can use new CDC resources to help improve the care of patients with sickle cell disease [PDF-246KB] who seek care in EDs.
December 9, 2016
- As many as 1 in 100 women in the United States may have a bleeding disorder, but many are unaware of their condition.
- Signs of a bleeding disorder can include heavy menstrual periods or heavy or prolonged bleeding after childbirth, surgery, or injury.
- Public health and healthcare professionals can use and share screening tools [PDF-126KB] and other resources to help women determine whether they are at risk for bleeding disorders.
October 7, 2016
- Blood clots affect up to 900,000 Americans and lead to about 100,000 deaths every year―but they are often preventable.
- Treatment for blood clots can cost as much as $15,000 to $20,000 per person, with estimated health costs of $10 billion annually in the United States.
- Healthcare professionals and health department staff can Stop the Clot, Spread the Word™ [PDF-317KB] about blood clots and even take a free continuing education training.
September 2, 2016
- An estimated 100,000 people in the United States are living with sickle cell disease (SCD), an inherited blood disorder.
- Hemoglobinopathies monitoring, including the Sickle Cell Data Collection program, will help scientists better understand the health of people with SCD.
- Health providers and public health partners can access and share resources that help to improve the lives of those with SCD.
April 22, 2016
- Hemoglobinopathies are a group of inherited blood disorders—like sickle cell disease and thalassemia—that affect millions of people around the world.
- CDC monitors hemoglobinopathies to find out how many people have these disorders and how they affect health over time.
- Health departments and healthcare facilities can use new guidance [PDF-3.6 MB] from CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories to design or improve their hemoglobinopathy screening programs.
December 11, 2015
- Among the 10 million US women who report heavy menstrual bleeding, about 1 in 10 have a bleeding disorder, according to a CDC study.
- Bleeding disorders are conditions that keep a person’s blood from clotting properly and, if untreated, pose serious risks for women, especially after childbirth, surgery, or injury.
- Many women with bleeding disorders go undiagnosed; health professionals can use a screening tool [PDF-127KB] to identify women who need testing or treatment.
October 16, 2015
- Blood clots affect as many as 900,000 Americans each year, and about 50% of them are related to a recent hospital stay or surgery.
- Most healthcare-associated blood clots happen after patients leave the hospital—learn the signs and symptoms and when to seek medical care.
- You can test your knowledge about healthcare-associated blood clots and help prevent them by sharing new CDC infographics, fact sheets, and e-cards.
September 11, 2015
- Although African Americans are most likely to carry sickle cell trait, people of every racial and ethnic group can have the condition.
- Sickle cell trait and disease can be passed on to children [PDF-2.8MB]; find out where to get screening and genetic counseling.
- You can find information about sickle cell trait and sports, diabetes testing, blood and organ donation, and more in the Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit.
May 22, 2015
- Thalassemia major is a rare but serious disease that causes people to produce fewer red blood cells than usual (anemia).
- People with severe thalassemia require ongoing treatment to reduce complications such as enlarged spleen, bone disease, infections, and too much iron in the body.
- By seeking care at a thalassemia treatment center and carefully following a treatment plan, people with thalassemia can live a healthy life.
April 24, 2015
- One of every 5,000 baby boys is born with hemophilia, and about 20,000 males in the US currently live with the bleeding disorder.
- Hemophilia can lead to joint disease, pain, and death if the bleeding can’t be stopped or if it occurs in the brain or other vital organ.
- Healthcare professionals can earn continuing education credits by completing CDC’s online course, Introduction to Hemophilia Care.
March 20, 2015
- Blood clots—also known as venous thromboembolism—can be caused by not moving around for long periods of time, but they can be prevented and treated.
- US healthcare costs for blood clots can reach up to $10 billion per year.
- Doctors and nurses can help their patients prevent blood clots [PDF–175KB] by teaching them about risk factors, symptoms, and what to do during long-distance travel.
September 19, 2014
- One in four adults who thought they had sickle cell disease (SCD) did not actually have it or even the gene (sickle cell trait) that causes it.
- About 3 million people living in the US do have sickle cell trait, but many are unaware of their status [PDF-222KB].
- You could have a baby with SCD [PDF-1.3MB] if both you and your partner have sickle cell disease, sickle cell trait, or another abnormal hemoglobin gene. A local sickle cell center can help you get screened and learn your status.
June 13, 2014
- People of all ages with hemophilia are at risk for developing an inhibitor (or antibody) to the factor product used to treat or prevent bleeding episodes.
- Developing an inhibitor is a serious complication of hemophilia, and those affected are twice as likely to be hospitalized for a bleeding-related problem.
- People with hemophilia should be tested regularly for inhibitors, and if possible, their care should be provided at a hemophilia treatment center.
April 4, 2014
- Babies are born with very little vitamin K in their bodies, which can cause serious bleeding problemsthat can lead to brain damage and even death.
- Life-threatening bleeds from VKDB frequently occur without warning, but a single vitamin K shot [PDF – 247KB] given at birth will protect a baby from developing dangerous bleeding.
- You can help expectant parents learn how to protect their babies from VKDB by listening to this CDC podcast.
March 14, 2014
- Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism—together known as venous thromboembolism [PDF–357KB]—affect 300,000–600,000 individuals in the US each year, and at least 1 in 10 die.
- Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are often underdiagnosed and are serious but preventable medical conditions. Help others learn about the risk factors, signs, and symptoms.
- Learn what CDC is doing [PDF–1.2MB] about venous thromboembolism.
February 28, 2014
- A new CDC study finds that US children with sickle cell disease are more likely to develop invasive pneumococcal disease than children without sickle cell disease.
- About 1.6 million people die each year from pneumococcal disease worldwide, and about 10% with the invasive form will die from it.
- Children with sickle cell disease should be given vaccines, including the pneumococcal disease vaccine, in accordance with CDC’s recommended immunization schedule [PDF – 122KB].
November 15, 2013
- Colorectal cancer screening tests save lives by finding precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. Screening is recommended for men and women aged 50–75 years.
- Several types of tests are used to screen for colorectal cancer. Ask your doctor [PDF-178KB] which test is right for you.
- The 25 states and 4 tribes in CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program provide screening services to underinsured low-income men and women aged 50–64 years.
October 12, 2012
- Sickle cell disease affects nearly 100,000 Americans; more than 3 million people carry the sickle cell gene, which is inherited.
- CDC offers tips on living well with sickle cell disease, along with videos, a self-care toolkit [PDF-3.9MB], and information about complications and treatments.
- The Strategies from the Field [PDF-4.4MB] report showcases unique ways states use data collection to help improve the health of people with sickle cell disease.
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- Page last updated: June 23, 2017
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