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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Matters for Women[TM] E-Newsletter Update

Title: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Matters for Women™ E-Newsletter Update

What Can You Do to Help Support Women’s Health?

Improving women’s health is not limited to the doctor’s office or hospital. Improving women’s health starts at home with individuals and families taking steps to live safer and healthier lives, and communities, business, places of worship, schools, organizations, agencies, and others establishing programs and policies that support women’s health and safety. Here are a few ways you can help.

Support Women's Health

New from CDC

Births: Preliminary Data for 2007
This report presents preliminary data for 2007 on births in the United States. U.S. data on births are shown by age, live-birth order, race, and Hispanic origin of mother. Data on marital status, cesarean delivery, preterm births, and low birthweight are also presented.

Deaths: Final Data for 2006
For females, death rates declined for the age groups 5-14 years, 55-64 years, 65-74 years, 75-84 years, and 85 years and over. The largest drop in the age-specific rates for females occurred among those aged 5-14 years (7.9 percent). None of the observed increases among females were statistically significant.

Chlamydia Screening Among Sexually Active Young Female Enrollees of Health Plans - United States, 2000-2007
Nationally, the annual screening rate for chlaymdia increased from 25.3% in 2000 to 43.6% in 2006, and then decreased slightly to 41.6% in 2007. The regional rate of chlamydia screening in 2007 was highest in the Northeast (45.5%) and lowest in the South (37.3%). Increased screening by health-care providers is necessary to reduce the burden of chlamydial infection in the United States.

Prevalence and Most Common Causes of Disability Among Adults - United States, 2005
Women (24.4%) had a significantly higher prevalence of disability compared with men (19.1%) at all ages. For both sexes, the prevalence of disability doubled in successive age groups (18-44 years, 11.0%; 45-64 years, 23.9%; and ≥ 65 years, 51.8%). The number of adults reporting a disability likely will increase, along with the need for appropriate medical and public health services, as more persons enter the highest risk age group (≥ 65 years).

New CDC Materials Regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
CDC has developed new materials that can guide in the identification, prevention, and management of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders. These products include a curriculum development guide for use with health-care students and practitioners and recommendations from the National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect on promoting and improving strategies to 1) reduce alcohol use and alcohol-exposed pregnancies and 2) improve early identification, diagnostic services, and research on interventions for children with FASDs and their families.

CDC Launches New Act Against AIDS Communication Campaign
Every 9½ minutes another person in United States becomes infected with HIV. To help reduce the number of new HIV cases, CDC has launched Act Against AIDS, a 5-year, multi-faceted communication campaign which aims to combat complacency about the HIV crisis in the United States .

Be a Safe and Healthy Bride
As you plan your wedding and new life together, be sure to include health and safety in your plans! Do you know a bride-to-be?

Nail Salon Table Evaluation
CDC is undertaking a unique research project to examine the effectiveness of different vented nail tables in removing potential exposures from the work area used by persons employed in nail salons. CDC is requesting that developers, manufacturers, and vendors of vented nail tables (VNTs) submit new, unused, downdraft VNTs for a free evaluation.


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