Suicide Trends Among Persons Aged 10–24 Years — United States, 1994–2012
Suicide among young people is a serious but preventable public health problem in the United States. Practitioners should be aware of the increased use and high lethality of suffocation as a suicide method so they can accurately assess risk and educate families about reducing access to highly lethal means and the importance of not leaving those at risk for suicide alone. Early prevention of suicidal thoughts and behavior is critical. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among persons aged 10-24 years in the United States. Firearm, suffocation (includes hanging), and poisoning are the three most common mechanisms.
Update: Influenza Activity — United States, September 28, 2014–February 21, 2015
The 2014–15 influenza season began early and has been predominated by circulation of influenza A (H3N2) viruses – the majority of which are different from the influenza A(H3N2) component of the 2014-15 Northern Hemisphere vaccine. The predominance of drifted viruses this season underscores the important role of antiviral medications as an adjunct to vaccination in the prevention and treatment of influenza. The 2014-15 influenza season began early and is likely to continue for several more weeks.
Infant and Maternal Characteristics in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome — Selected Hospitals, Florida, 2010–2011
Infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome have prolonged hospital stays, experience serious medical complications, and are very costly to treat. Improvements are needed in drug addiction counseling/rehabilitation, referral, and documentation policies. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of signs exhibited by newborns exposed to addictive drugs taken by a mother during pregnancy. During a two-year period (2010–2011), 242 infants with NAS were identified in three Florida hospitals.
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Adverse Events Associated with Administration of Simulation Intravenous Fluids to Patients — United States, 2014
Increase in Reported Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Cases — Country of Georgia, 2014