Health Matters for Women
New from CDC
Sexual Experience and Contraceptive Use Among Female Teens - United States, 1995, 2002, and 2006-2010
Approximately 60% of sexually experienced teens reported current use of highly effective contraceptive methods (e.g., intrauterine device or hormonal methods), an increase from 47% in 1995.
New Study Examines the Role of Intimate Partner Violence in Workplace Homicides Among U.S. Women
Researchers found that intimate partner violence resulted in 142 homicides among women at work in the U.S. from 2003 to 2008, a figure which represents 22% of the 648 workplace homicides among women during the period.
Gender Differences in Acute Pesticide-Related Illnesses and Injuries, Study Finds
The gender difference in rates is confined to farmworkers who don’t directly handle pesticides. Female non-handlers among farmworker illness and injury cases were more likely to be working on fruit and nut crops, to be exposed by drift from the application site, and to be exposed to fungicides and fumigants compared to affected male non-handler farmworkers.
Cancer and Women
Every year, cancer claims the lives of more than a quarter of a million women in America. Women can reduce their cancer risk by adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting the right cancer screening tests for their stage of life.
Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines for Average-Risk Women (pdf)
This two-page table summarizes cervical cancer screening guidelines from the ACS (and others), U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and ACOG.
High Blood Pressure – Get it in Check
Nearly 1 in 3 adults is living with this “silent killer.” Cut back on sodium to lower your risk.
A National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention, and Management of Infertility
The notice was published in the Federal Register May 16, 2012, and is available for public comment. The comment period will be open for 30 days.
Recent Trends in Births and Fertility Rates Through December 2011
The provisional count of births in the United States for 2011 was 3,961,000, 1 percent lower than the 4 million births for 2010 (4,000,279). The number of births has steadily declined from the all-time high of 4,316,233 in 2007, however, the rate of decline slowed from 2010 to 2011.
Protect Your Skin
While you enjoy the outdoors this summer, protect yourself from skin cancer by seeking shade, wearing sunglasses, a hat, and sun-protective clothing, and using sunscreen.
Trends in Asthma Prevalence, Health Care Use, and Mortality in the United States, 2001–2010
Asthma death rates per 1,000 persons with asthma were more than 30% higher for females than males. Females had higher asthma prevalence than males (9.2% compared with 7.0%).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders App
This application provides the latest information related to the use of alcohol during pregnancy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). This application allows users to easily find and share the latest in the prevention, recognition, and treatment of FASDs.
Pregnant? Don't Smoke!
Quitting smoking can be hard, but it is one of the best ways a woman can protect herself and her baby's health. For free help, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Higher Education and Income Levels Keys to Better Health, According to Annual Report on Nation's Health
People with higher levels of education and higher income have lower rates of many chronic diseases compared to those with less education and lower income levels, according to Health, United States, 2011.
CDC Proposes that All Baby Boomers Be Tested for Hepatitis C
CDC released draft recommendations proposing all baby boomers (people born from 1945-1965) be tested once for hepatitis C. One in 30 baby boomers has been infected with hepatitis C and most don’t know it.
Sunburn and Sun Protective Behaviors Among Adults Aged 18–29 Years — United States, 2000-2010
Among women, using sunscreen and staying in the shade were the most common protective behaviors reported in 2010.
Diabetes and Pregnancy
If you are a woman with diabetes, you still can have a healthy baby. You need to take extra care before and during your pregnancy. Learn how to get ready for a healthy pregnancy.
Staying Healthy on a Cruise
Don’t risk spoiling your cruise vacation with an unexpected illness. Follow these tips for a safe and healthy cruise vacation.
United States Cancer Statistics
This Web-based report includes the official federal statistics on cancer incidence from registries that have high-quality data and cancer mortality statistics for each year and 2004–2008 combined.
Find out how to manage stress by following CDC’s recommended tips for self-care.
Spring and Summer Outdoor Safety
It's springtime and that means it's a good time to go outside and enjoy the weather.
2012 Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
This is a comprehensive overview of the principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. (Session 10 covers HPV).
Can’t See Clearly? Get Your Eyes Checked
It's important to take care of your eyes. Poor vision makes it harder to read, drive, and cook. The good news: Many eye problems and diseases can be treated if caught early.
Health, United States, 2011
Health, United States is an annual report on trends in health statistics.
Immunization: You Call the Shots-Module Eight - Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – May 2012
This module is the eighth in a series designed to provide key immunization knowledge in a very basic step-by-step manner. It addresses an important audience for immunization training: the new provider or the medical or nursing student. It is also an excellent review for a seasoned healthcare provider.
The Growing Threat of Multidrug-Resistant Gonorrhea
This session of Grand Rounds explored the development of antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae as a growing public health concern because the United States gonorrhea control strategy relies on effective antibiotic therapy.
Health Care Access and Utilization Among Young Adults Aged 19–25: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January–September 2011 (pdf)
From January through September 2011, 77.9% of women aged 19–25 had a usual place for health care compared with 62.5% of men in the same age group. Women (81.3%) were more likely to have had a doctor visit in the past 12 months than men (58.5%). Women (27.4%) were more likely to have had an emergency room visit in the past 12 months than men (19.0%).
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Birth Rates for Teens Aged 15–19 Years, by Age Group — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1960–2010
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QuickStats: Prevalence of Low Levels of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol* Among Adults Aged ≥20 Years, by Age Group and Sex — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2009–2010
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Figure 1. Percentages of Adults Aged 19–25 with a Usual Place for Health Care, a Doctor Visit in the Past 12 Months, or an Emergency Room Visit in the Past 12 months, by Sex: United States, January–September 2011 (pdf)
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Figure 4. Osteoporosis or low bone mass at the femur neck or lumbar spine, by sex in adults aged 50 years or over
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Figure 5. Asthma Deaths per 1,000 Persons with Asthma, by Selected Demographic Characteristics: United States, Average Annual 2007–2009