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New Business Pulse: Opioid Overdose Epidemic

America’s alarming opioid epidemic not only affects individuals and their families—it also impacts employers, their customers and entire communities. To share the challenges businesses face, and to help offer solutions, the CDC Foundation is pleased to feature CDC’s work in Business Pulse: Opioid Overdose Epidemic. 

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The Survivors: Rebuilding Lives after Ebola

Two years ago Ebola ran rampant in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. While the Ebola epidemic there ended in 2016, the devastating effects of the virus continue to weigh on those who survived. Two survivors in recent months visited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sharing their personal stories of Ebola and its aftermath, while also describing efforts to provide their communities with opportunities for hope, healing and recovery.

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Helping Women Protect Their Health and Baby-To-Be

A new, Show Your Love app, helps women who wish to become pregnant plan their pregnancy and chart their course. We are very grateful for Anthem's support in making this app available to women around the country.

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One year later: Zika reflections and a look ahead

On January 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center to fight Zika, which is one of the most complex outbreak responses in the agency’s history.

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Thanks Dr. Tom Frieden

Inspiring leaders are essential to the success of organizations, but they are hard to find, especially those able to run a complex organization with responsibility for the health, safety and security of all Americans. During the past eight years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been fortunate to benefit from an outstanding leader, Tom Frieden, who this week will leave the agency with the transition of presidential administrations.

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An Evidence Review of the Health Effects of Marijuana

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides important perspective on the health effects of marijuana, and the CDC Foundation is pleased to have helped support this effort that can be used as a guide for additional research.

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We Couldn't Do It Without YOU!

December is a great time to reflect on the past year. By almost any measure, 2016 was eventful, with triumph as seen in the Summer Olympic Games and tragedy in the form of terrorist attacks in the United States and around the globe.

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Protecting Women from Zika in Puerto Rico

Last summer, Tashira, 22, of Puerto Rico got pregnant with her second child. Tashira didn’t plan to have another baby so soon, but she got pregnant when she ran out of birth control pills. During one summer visit to a health clinic in a San Juan shopping mall, Tashira disclosed her anxiety about the current Zika virus outbreak and the link between Zika infection during pregnancy and birth defects.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $360M in Tobacco Control Support

Over the last 10 years Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested millions of dollars in the fight against tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries. The tobacco control investment has changed the global trajectory of tobacco use, with global sales of tobacco plateauing in 2012 and about 200 billion fewer cigarettes sold in 2014 than in 2010.

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Campaign Empowers Puerto Rican Women, Communities to Stop Zika

Dr. Christine Prue spent 75 days on the ground in Puerto Rico earlier this year, leading a team that interviewed hundreds of pregnant women to gain insights into their perspectives about Zika.

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Improving the Lives of People with Sickle Cell Disease

To provide the latest public health update on what we know about sickle cell disease, and how far we have come with understanding this disease, CDC hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds session. Mary Hulihan, Dr.P.H., a CDC health scientist who works on a CDC Foundation effort with CDC called the Sickle Cell Data Collection program, presented during this session.

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Raising Felix

Coralaideé Jiménez, a single mom living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, changes diapers, prepares bottles, and dresses her son, Felix, for school every day. And all night, she holds him. Felix is 11.

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World Polio Day Provides Focus on Progress toward a Polio-Free World

Sixty years ago few diseases struck as much fear in parents and children as polio. It’s difficult for us to imagine in the United States today, but in the 1940s and 1950s polio crippled an average of 35,000 people each year. Thanks to an aggressive vaccination effort, the United States has been polio-free since 1979, but people in many areas of the world continued to suffer the terrible effects of polio.

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UN 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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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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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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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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