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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 16, 2017

May 19, 2017

  • Lupus, an autoimmune disease that triggers inflammation in different tissues of the body, affects more than 320,000 people in the United States.
  • To help improve the quality of life for people living with lupus, CDC recommends a broad public health approach [PDF-8MB] to diagnosis, disease management, treatment, and research.
  • Primary care physicians and specialists can use resources for healthcare providers to speed diagnosis and improve treatment of lupus.


March 31, 2017

  • CDC and its partners released a website that provides first-of-its-kind, neighborhood-level health data for the 500 largest US cities [PDF-269KB].
  • The 500 Cities project provides data on 5 risk behaviors, 13 health outcomes, and 9 prevention practices for the most common, costly, and preventable chronic diseases.
  • Health professionals can view data by city or census tract, explore the interactive map, get map books for individual cities, and compare cities to identify emerging health problems and plan effective interventions.

March 10, 2017

  • According to this month’s Vital Signs, about 1 in 4 adults in the United States has arthritis.
  • About 24 million adults with arthritis are limited in their everyday activities, such as holding a cup, lifting a grocery bag, or walking to a car.
  • Public health professionals can promote physical activity and disease management programs to adults with arthritis.

February 24, 2017

February 17, 2017

  • Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke than Americans in urban areas.
  • Compared with urban residents, rural residents are more likely to smoke, be overweight, and not meet physical activity recommendations.
  • You can find ways to help reduce the difference between rural and urban disease risk in a special MMWR series and in Healthy People 2020.

October 21, 2016

  • Dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth (molars), where most cavities occur.
  • School-aged children without dental sealants have almost 3 times more cavities than those with sealants―according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • States can protect millions more children from cavities by starting or expanding dental sealant programs in schools.

October 14, 2016

September 30, 2016

November 15, 2013

June 14, 2013

  • More than two thirds of Medicare beneficiaries have multiple chronic conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes, that require ongoing medical attention or limit their daily activities.
  • In 2011, 93 percent of Medicare spending, or $276 billion, was allocated for caring for beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions.
  • Researchers and health professionals can use the new Chronic Conditions Dashboard to find data on the prevalence and costs of chronic conditions among Medicare beneficiaries.

March 1, 2013

  • More than 20 million US adults [PDF-486KB] are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and most of them are unaware of their condition.
  • CDC’s new CKD Surveillance System tracks CKD in the US population over time and highlights federal efforts to prevent, detect, and manage the disease.
  • Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States; March is designated National Kidney Month to raise awareness of this condition.

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

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