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United Nations General Assembly Elevates Antibiotic Resistance to Crisis Level

What do we do if antibiotics no longer work and are no longer the “miracle drug” we’ve all come to take for granted since at least the 1940s? This question was a key topic at the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York City this week.

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Experts Gather at CDC to Discuss Cardiovascular Disease Solutions

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the world’s leading cause of death—with more than 17 million deaths per year attributed to the disease. While the challenges to tackling CVD are significant, there are opportunities to address and improve CVD management as well as strengthen understanding of CVD through standardized and coordinated action, including surveillance and epidemiology of the disease.

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Study Offers Insights into Youth Cigarette Smoking in 45 Countries

On September 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published a study on current cigarette smoking, access and purchasing behavior among students aged 13–15 years old. The study is unique in that it presents results from 45 countries, covering all six World Health Organization regions.

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Preventing Zika-related Birth Defects Through Contraception Access

We announced today that the Zika Contraception Access Network (Z-CAN) is now operational. Through this effort, we are working with generous donors and committed partners to provide a full range of contraceptive options free of charge to women wanting to delay or avoid pregnancy at this time.

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Business Pulse: How CDC Keeps Workers Safe on the Road

To underscore the impact of workplace crashes, and to share actions employers can take to protect their workers in the United States and abroad, NIOSH and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control joined with the CDC Foundation to launch Business Pulse: Motor Vehicle Safety at Work.

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Puerto Rico Needs Our Help to Stop Zika

To help Puerto Rico bolster its response to Zika, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week declared a public health emergency at the request of the territory’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla. The public health emergency declaration shines a bright light on the needs in Puerto Rico.

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Seven Months into Zika Crisis, We Must Work Together To Fund Response

There are three actions our country must undertake to beat back Zika, and time is not on our side. This is the message from our President and CEO Judith Monroe, M.D., in a new op-ed posted today at CNBC.com. 

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CDC Mountin Lecture Features Michael R. Bloomberg

When entrepreneur, philanthropist and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took the stage at the 36th annual Joseph W. Mountin Lecture at CDC recently, he shared his thoughts about how to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people, with a focus on a data-driven approach and teamwork.

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Thomas R. Waters Receives NIOSH Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recognizes a current or former employee for his or her exceptional contributions to the field of occupational safety and health. The James P. Keogh Award is a prestigious award. A lifetime achievement award. This year, I was honored to accept this award on behalf of my late husband, Thomas R. Waters. 

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CDC at 70: Seven Decades of Protecting America and The World

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) celebrated its 70th anniversary. As part of this commemoration, former CDC directors gathered with staff and retirees to reflect on the agency’ past successes and challenges while considering CDC’s next phase in protecting Americans health, safety and security. 

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New CDC Vital Signs Focuses On Vehicle Safety

If you have been on the road this summer, either for work or vacation, you know firsthand how important vehicle safety is to your health. Here’s something I didn’t know until recently: even though U.S. crash rates fell nearly one-third from 2000 to 2013, the United States still had the highest crash death rate among 19 other high-income countries. This was nearly twice that of Belgium, the next-highest country. 

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What Inspired Me at Aspen Spotlight Health

Imagine walking through a field of tents on a warm, sunny day in Aspen, CO, and seeing a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, the head of a U.S. government health agency, the CEO of a multinational company and a leading philanthropist who has given many millions of dollars to fight disease all around the world. Then, imagine walking up to them to share your own ideas, or thanking them for their commitment to the health and well-being of all people.

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Take Action Against Zika

Today in Caguas, Puerto Rico—about 20 miles from the capital of San Juan—the community is coming together for a Zika Action Day focused on protection against Zika. Participating in the event are representatives from the Puerto Rico Department of Health, CDC and corporate partners, including the day’s primary sponsor The Home Depot.

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Tackling Rising Healthcare Costs: How CDC Helps Business

Did you know that high blood pressure is one of the 10 most expensive health conditions for U.S. businesses? About 75 million U.S. adults, many of whom are in the workforce, have high blood pressure, which is a major contributor to heart disease and stroke. To highlight the human and economic cost of conditions like these, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) teamed with the CDC Foundation to launch Business Pulse: Lowering Healthcare Costs, Improving Productivity.

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Eighteen Countries Now Linked into Effort to Transform Health Data
The CDC Foundation, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is one of the key global partners in the Data for Health initiative, which according to a Bloomberg Philanthropies announcement is now underway in 18 countries, reaching nearly one billion people, around the globe.
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Zika is Spreading, and More Funding is Needed to Stop It

To beat back Zika and protect pregnant women and their unborn children, more funding is needed—both from governments and the private sector. That’s the message from two members of the CDC Foundation’s board of directors in an op-ed that ran online at CNBC.com over the weekend.

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Our Priority is to Protect Pregnant Women from Zika

Yesterday I attended the Atlanta Press Club’s Newsmaker Luncheon where Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had a fireside chat about combating the Zika virus.

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Take Three Actions Now to Zap Zika and Prevent Birth Defects

“When an earthquake hits, we understand the need to respond,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National Press Club last week. “Now, imagine if you had the power to stop an earthquake. We, together, using the tools of public health, have the power to stop the health equivalent of many earthquakes that happen.”

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World No Tobacco Day 2016: Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products

Every year, on May 31, countries around the world celebrate World No Tobacco Day, which highlights effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, World No Tobacco Day focuses on plain packaging, which is a tobacco control strategy related to health warnings. Plain packaging refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colors and brand images or promotional information on tobacco packaging.

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Fighting Zika, Empowering Pregnant Women

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said recently that nothing about fighting the Zika virus is going to be easy or quick. Controlling the Aedes species mosquito is hard, and although we’re learning a lot quickly, there is still a lot we don't know.  Clearly, there is an urgent need to both learn more and do more—and all of us have a role to play.  

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