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(CDC) Health Matters for Women[TM] E-Newsletter Update


December 2011

Health Matters for Women

New from CDC

New Data on Domestic and Sexual Violence
CDC survey finds sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence widespread in the United States. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. More than 1 million women are raped in a year, and over 6 million women and men are victims of stalking.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Learn more about signs, treatments, and what you can do about FASDs.

Women’s Health 2011: A Year in Review
Review some of the many contributions CDC made to women's health in 2011.

Vital Signs: HIV Prevention Through Care and Treatment - United States
Among Medical Monitoring Project participants (representing adults aged ≥18 years receiving medical care for HIV infection), 89% had been prescribed ART, of whom 77% had a suppressed viral load. However, only 28% of all persons living with HIV infection in the United States are estimated to be virally suppressed, in large part because only approximately 41% are both aware of their infection and receiving ongoing HIV care.

PMTCT: A Winnable Battle in South Africa
South African and CDC researchers present new evidence that the country is winning the fight against the HIV and AIDS epidemic. According to their national survey results, the mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT) rate for HIV is 3.5% and virtually eliminating this form of HIV transmission is therefore within reach by 2015 with intensified efforts.

Deaths: Final Data for 2008 (pdf)
For females, the death rate increased for age group 85 years and over. Death rates among females declined for the age groups less than 1 year, 5–14 and 15–24.

STD Trends in the United States: 2010 National Data for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis
This document summarizes 2010 national data on gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis that are published in CDC’s report, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2010. The data are based on state and local STD case reports from a variety of private and public sources, the majority of which come from non-STD clinic settings, such as private physician offices and health maintenance organizations.

Bleeding Disorders in Women
Heavy blood flow during menstrual periods can be a sign of a bleeding disorder. Talk to your doctor.

Ticket for Two – International Travel during Pregnancy
Stacie Dunkle talks about traveling while pregnant. Also, she wants to hear from you. Have you traveled during pregnancy or had to pass on a trip because you were expecting? How has being a parent changed your career?

Gather and Share Your Family Health History
If you are concerned about a disease running in your family, collect your family health history and talk to your doctor at your next visit. A doctor can evaluate all of the factors that may affect your risk of some diseases, including family health history, and can recommend ways to reduce that risk.

The Arthritis Pain Reliever
Learn to use physical activity to ease arthritis pain and disability. The Arthritis Pain Reliever video will show you how.

Data Security and Confidentiality Guidelines (pdf)
This document recommends standards for all NCHHSTP programs that, when adopted, will facilitate the secure collection, storage, and use of data while maintaining confidentiality.

Test Your Knowledge: Health and Safety Quizzes and Tools
Learn more about your health and safety. Select from the list of topics and take the quiz. Call or see your health provider if you have questions or concerns.

Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond
This is an interactive Web-based program designed for health care professionals to hone their skills in assisting pregnant women to quit smoking. Up to 4 hours of continuing education credits can be earned by completing the practicum.

A Framework for Patient-Centered Health Risk Assessments
Final health risk assessment recommendations, published in A Framework for Patient-Centered Health Risk Assessments — Providing Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Services to Medicare Beneficiaries, are now available online. The framework includes guidance for health-care providers and others in the design and application of health risk assessments and follow-up interventions that research suggests are effective in reducing some high-risk health behaviors.

Healthy Eating Index-2005 Total and Component Scores for Adults Aged 20 and Over: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2003-2004
Females and the oldest age group were more successful in meeting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 recommendations for the fruit and vegetable components and discretionary calories, and had a slightly higher overall diet quality score than their counterparts.




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