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Know Your Risk, Strengthen Your Heart

Cardiovascular disease is America’s number one killer. Every 43 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack, and on average, one American dies from a stroke every four minutes. This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vital Signs: Heart Age report focuses on the importance of understanding your risk factors for heart attack and stroke, such as family history, lifestyle factors and more. 

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The Last Patient: Countdown to an Ebola-Free Sierra Leone

On Monday, the last known Ebola patient in Sierra Leone walked out of the Mateneh Ebola treatment center. According to news reports, Adama Sankoh was met with a festive ceremony upon exiting the Freetown, Sierra Leone, clinic as a healthy, Ebola-free woman. Her discharge from the facility marks the beginning of the West African nation’s 42-day countdown and waiting period for any new cases of Ebola.

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Call Centers Accelerate Response to the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone

Nearly one year after Ebola began to surge in West Africa, work continues on the ground to contain remaining cases and prevent the disease's return. With generous support from donors, the CDC Foundation was able to fund call centers in Guinea and Sierra Leone. 

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Vital Signs: Making Health Care Safer

Did you know that an increasing number of germs no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them? This public health issue is the focus of the latest Vital Signs report from CDC, which includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections and C. difficile without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing. 

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World Hepatitis Day 2015

Organizations around the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), use World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness of the problem and what needs to be done to strengthen efforts in prevention, screening and control of viral hepatitis. 

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Resettling in America: Georgia's Refugee Communities

On July 13, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum debuted a new exhibit entitled Resettling in America: Georgia’s Refugee Communities. The exhibit features documentary photography from Atlanta-based photographer Bryan Melz. The refugee experience encompasses several fields of public health, including epidemiology, disease surveillance, basic health services and research. 

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Behind the Scenes at NHANES

For more than 50 years, CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) program has measured our nation’s health and nutrition by traveling across the country in three Mobile Examination Centers (MECs). Inside the MECs, NHANES workers survey 5,000 Americans in 15 cities each year about everything from the size of the pizza slice they ate for dinner to the enamel on their teeth.

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The Road to Zero

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an Ebola One Year Report that highlights the stories, faces and facts behind CDC’s one-year anniversary of when the agency activated its Emergency Operations Center for the response.

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Improving Heart Health, Advancing Public-Private Partnerships

Our board member John Rice, who serves as vice chair of GE, wrote an interesting commentary for CNBC recently about how to tackle big healthcare issues through innovative public-private partnerships. John used the example of heart health, noting the tremendous impact that cardiovascular disease has in America, where it is the number one killer and causes 1 in every 3 deaths. 

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Getting to Zero Ebola Cases

Great progress has been made in the Ebola fight in West Africa—Liberia’s elimination of the disease last month is a shining achievement. And while much has been accomplished in Guinea and Sierra Leone, challenges remain in getting to zero cases in these countries.

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Safe Food, Healthy Business

Safe food is at the heart of everyone’s health. With the recent high-profile outbreak of Listeria in ice cream, food safety is on the minds of consumers and businesses. Foodborne illness is a common, expensive and preventable health problem, costing more than $15.5 billion annually, according to a 2015 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Saving Lives in Tanzania

In mid April, we had the incredible opportunity to travel to Tanzania with some of our colleagues from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make logistical decisions for the third phase of a family planning and maternal health project funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Alongside the World Lung Foundation and Engender Health, CDC has been an implementing partner on this project since 2010.

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Celebrating Cancer Survivorship: 5 Ways to Help a Colleague With Cancer

There are more than 14 million cancer survivors in America, and as a two-time breast cancer survivor, I’m thankful to be among them. You probably know someone who is going through cancer treatment, caring for someone with cancer, or someone celebrating survivorship. Sunday, June 7 is National Cancer Survivors Day®, a great time to reflect on life and to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship. 

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World No Tobacco Day

Infectious and chronic diseases take a tremendous toll on the world’s population, but none has a greater effect than tobacco use, which represents the leading cause of death and disease in the world. Sunday, May 31, marks World No Tobacco Day.

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CDC Releases New 2016 Yellow Book for International Travelers

For international travelers and the health professionals who care for them, CDC Health Information for International Travel (more commonly known as the Yellow Book) is the reliable resource for preventing illness and injury in a globalized world.

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Ebola-Free Liberia: A Tremendous Achievement

This past Saturday officials from the World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola after the country achieved 42 consecutive days without a new case. Today I feel thankful that the burden of Ebola has dissipated in Liberia, though I cannot forget the tragedy of the 4,700 lives lost in the country during the epidemic or the hope provided by those who survived this horrible disease. 

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Congratulations to Charlie Stokes on His Upcoming Retirement

There are times when words are simply not sufficient to convey your appreciation. As chair of the CDC Foundation’s board of directors, I find myself having those thoughts today as Charlie Stokes announced his retirement, which is effective at the end of calendar year 2015. 

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Heart Health is Good Business

Just in time for National Stroke Awareness Month and High Blood Pressure Education Month in May, we’re pleased to share the CDC Foundation’s new Business Pulse: Heart Health. The online edition highlights resources, programs and best practices from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aimed at helping employers and their workforces encourage and practice heart health in the workplace. 

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World Malaria Day 2015: Invest in the Future, Defeat Malaria

This year, the theme of World Malaria Day is “invest in the future, defeat malaria.” For World Malaria Day 2015, the CDC Foundation is focusing on two efforts that contribute significantly to malaria elimination and prevention. These life-saving interventions and the advancement of CDC’s work would not be possible without the support of our donors and partners. For the millions of people struggling with malaria today, your support is a valuable investment in a healthy future.

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Sierra Leone Vaccine Trial Highlights Public-Private Partnership Value

The response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa provides one of the most poignant illustrations of how the private sector can help CDC rapidly extend its life-saving work.

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