Health Matters for Women
New from CDCChanges in Cesarean Delivery Rates by Gestational Age: United States, 1996–2011
After 12 years of consecutive increases, the preliminary cesarean delivery rate among singleton births was unchanged from 2009 to 2011 (31.3%). Cesarean delivery rates decreased more than 5% among births at 38 weeks of gestation, but increased 4% among births at 39 weeks.
Births: Final Data for 2011
The number of births declined 1 percent in 2011 to 3,953,590. The general fertility rate also declined 1 percent, to 63.2 per 1,000 women 15 to 44 years. The teenage birth rate fell 8 percent to 31.3 per 1,000.
Cytomegalovirus: Protect Your Baby
Pregnant women can take steps to reduce their risk of exposure to CMV.
“The Truth About Tanning” Infographic
Your natural skin color is great the way it is! Indoor tanning before you're 35 increases your risk of melanoma by 75%. Copy and paste the code to show this button on your Web site, social network profile, or blog.
Be Ready Infographics
CDC has a new library of infographics that teach readers about how to be ready for a range of different disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires, and more. Share them on social media or print them out to post in your office, school, or home.
Protect Babies from Whooping Cough Infographic
This infographic covers three messages: getting a Tdap shot if you are pregnant; creating a circle of protection around infants; and making sure your baby gets DTaP vaccines on time.
CDC Campaign Seeks Real People for National Ad Campaign
CDC is recruiting individuals to feature in their national tobacco education campaign. Like the highly successful Tips From Former Smokers efforts, it will feature real people who suffered severe health conditions caused directly by smoking or who have lost a family member from a smoking-related condition before age 55. Candidates for this campaign can contact the Recruitment Director, Mimi Webb Miller at CDCTips@gmail.com or toll free (855) 332-7277. Ex-smokers from all population groups can apply, including women who have suffered a heart attack, had lung cancer, or smoked during pregnancy resulting in specific problems during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Compensation and all travel expenses will be paid. Please respond as soon as possible but no later than September 1, 2013.
Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know
This new one-page fact sheet briefly explains in plain language what breast cancer is, its symptoms and risk factors, and the best way to prevent it.
Teen Birth Rates Drop, But Disparities Persist
Improve the lives of young people—strengthen communities by reducing teen pregnancy and eliminating disparities. Learn more about CDC’s communitywide initiatives to address this issue.
New Study Shows HPV Vaccine Helping Lower HPV Infection Rates in Teen Girls
A new study looking at the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and women before and after the introduction of the HPV vaccine shows a significant reduction in vaccine-type HPV in U.S. teens.
Prevention of Measles, Rubella, Congenital Rubella Syndrome, and Mumps, 2013: Summary Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
This report is a compendium of all current recommendations for the prevention of measles, rubella, congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), and mumps. The report presents the recent revisions adopted by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on October 24, 2012, and also summarizes all existing ACIP recommendations that have been published previously during 1998–2011.
Stories of Survivorship
Cancer has touched the lives of many CDC employees. Some of them share their stories and words of wisdom.
U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2013: Adapted from the World Health Organization Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2nd Edition
Includes recommendations that address a select group of common, yet sometimes controversial or complex, issues regarding initiation and use of specific contraceptive methods. These recommendations are a companion document to the previously published CDC recommendations U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010. In addition, four new topics are addressed, including the effectiveness of female sterilization, extended use of combined hormonal methods and bleeding problems, starting regular contraception after use of emergency contraception, and determining when contraception is no longer needed. CEs available.
Recent Trends in Births and Fertility Rates Through December 2012
The provisional count of births in the United States for the 12-month period ending December 2012 was 3,958,000, essentially unchanged from the 3,953,593 births (preliminary total) for 2011. The trend in the number of births was down, having declined steadily from the historic high of 4,316,233 in 2007 through 2011 but slowing from 2010 to 2011, and is essentially flat from 2011 to 2012.
Responsive Design, Weighting, and Variance Estimation in 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth
The report shows fieldwork results, including response rates, and the results of weighting, imputation, and variance estimation procedures. The report should be useful to users of the 2006-2010 public-use data file and to survey methodologists who wish to learn how the NSFG was conducted.
Vital Signs: Listeria Illnesses, Deaths, and Outbreaks — United States, 2009–2011
Older adults, pregnant women, and persons with immunocompromising conditions are at higher risk than others for invasive Listeria monocytogenes infection (listeriosis), a rare and preventable foodborne illness that can cause bacteremia, meningitis, fetal loss, and death. Most cases occurred among adults aged ≥65 years (950 [58%]), and 14% (227) were pregnancy-associated. Preterm labor was reported in 64% of pregnancy-associated cases. Older adults and pregnant women, particularly pregnant Hispanic women, are at much higher risk than the population at large, as are persons with weakened immunity.
From Other U.S. Federal AgenciesGet Your Questions Answered about the Health Insurance Marketplace
Administration Issues Final Rules on Contraception Coverage and Religious Organizations
Oral Contraceptive Use for the Primary Prevention of Ovarian Cancer (AHRQ)
Not Just the Baby Blues: Screening Can Help Address Postpartum Depression (AHRQ)
FDA Approves Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive for Use Without a Prescription for All Women of Childbearing Potential
World Health Assembly Violence against Women Side Event: Concluding Statement by HHS Secretary Sebelius
NIH Consensus Development Conference: Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
FDA Recommends Against Prolonged Use of Magnesium Sulfate to Stop Pre-term Labor Due to Bone Changes in Exposed Babies
National, State and LocalJune 4, 2013 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: What are the Implications for Women's Health? (Women’s Policy, Inc.)
Health Cares about IPV: Screening and Counseling Toolkit (Futures Without Violence)
Susan G. Komen® Names Dr. Judith Salerno as President and Chief Executive Officer
GlobalAddressing Gender and HIV/AIDS (PEPFAR)
Global and Regional Estimates of Violence against Women: Prevalence and Health Effects of Intimate Partner Violence and Non-Partner Sexual Violence (WHO)
UN Women Launches Global Call for a Transformative Agenda to Make Gender Equality a Reality
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