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Prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels

Prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels

MEDIA RELEASE The death toll from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than tripled in the last decade, according to an analysis in the CDC Vital Signs report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This new finding shows that more than 40 people die every day from overdoses involving narcotic pain relievers […]

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CDC offers ways to reduce the threat of strokes

CDC offers ways to reduce the threat of strokes

MEDIA RELEASE In the time needed to read out loud the headline on this story, someone has died from a stroke. Every 6 seconds, someone in the world dies from stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in support of World Stroke Day, Oct. 29, 2011, asks Americans to take immediate action to reduce […]

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CDC: Excessive drinking costs U.S. $223.5 billion

CDC: Excessive drinking costs U.S. $223.5 billion

MEDIA RELEASE A new study finds excessive alcohol consumption cost the United States $223.5 billion in 2006, or about $1.90 per drink. By implementing effective community-based prevention strategies, we can reduce excessive alcohol consumption and its costs. Excessive alcohol consumption is known to kill about 79,000 people in the United States each year, but a […]

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CDC: Low rate of coronary heart disease in Hawaii

CDC: Low rate of coronary heart disease in Hawaii

MEDIA RELEASE The number of Americans who report they have coronary heart disease – which includes heart attack and angina (chest pain) – continues to decline but rates vary widely from state to state and by race and ethnicity, according to a new report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers […]

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The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has been awarded $5,260,290 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the federal Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program. Award funding supports efforts to strengthen DOH public health emergency preparedness, including increased capacity in the areas of laboratory testing, disease surveillance and investigation, enhanced infrastructure, public information and warning, community preparedness, and other capabilities.

Hawaii State Dept of Health receives $5M for emergency preparedness

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has been awarded $5,260,290 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the federal Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program. Award funding supports efforts to strengthen DOH public health emergency preparedness, including increased capacity in the areas of laboratory testing, disease surveillance and […]

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CDC: Lung cancer rates decline nationwide

CDC: Lung cancer rates decline nationwide

MEDIA RELEASE The rates of new lung cancer cases in the United States dropped among men in 35 states and among women in 6 states between 1999 and 2008, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among women, lung cancer incidence decreased nationwide between 2006 and 2008, after increasing steadily […]

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CDC: More than 1,000 foodborne disease outbreaks in 2008

CDC: More than 1,000 foodborne disease outbreaks in 2008

MEDIA RELEASE Foodborne agents cause an estimated 48 million illnesses annually in the United States, including 9.4 million illnesses from known pathogens. CDC collects data on foodborne disease outbreaks submitted from all states and territories through the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System. During 2008, the most recent year for which data are finalized, 1,034 foodborne […]

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CDC: Smokers are smoking less

CDC: Smokers are smoking less

MEDIA RELEASE Fewer American adults are smoking cigarettes, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, daily smokers are smoking fewer cigarettes each day, it says. The report, which covers data from 2005 to 2010, shows an estimated 19.3 percent — or 45.3 million — of American […]

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National HIV Testing Day (June 27)

National HIV Testing Day (June 27)

MEDIA RELEASE June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, which promotes testing as an important strategy to prevent and treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Persons who learn that they have HIV can receive appropriate treatment, monitoring, and health care, and in doing so, delay disease progression, extend their lives, and reduce the chance that […]

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Gay students at greater risk for unhealthy behaviors

Gay students at greater risk for unhealthy behaviors

MEDIA RELEASE Students who report being gay, lesbian or bisexual and students who report having sexual contact only with persons of the same sex or both sexes are more likely than heterosexual students and students who report having sexual contact only with the opposite sex to engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as tobacco use, […]

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U.S. teen birth rate fell to record low in 2009

U.S. teen birth rate fell to record low in 2009

MEDIA RELEASE Teen birth rates have decreased by 37 percent in the last two decades, though U.S. rates are up to nine times higher than in other developed countries, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report. About 46 percent of teens have had sexual intercourse. About 14 percent of sexually active teen girls and […]

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Flu Season: Not too late to vaccinate

Flu Season: Not too late to vaccinate

MEDIA RELEASE When you see “Get Your Flu Vaccine Here” signs and banners outside pharmacies and in doctor’s offices, you might think, “it’s winter already; isn’t it too late for that?” The answer is no. “Flu season typically peaks in January or February and can last as late as April or May,” said Dr. Anne […]

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Number of Americans with diabetes nearly 26M

Number of Americans with diabetes nearly 26M

MEDIA RELEASE Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, an estimated 79 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes raises a person’s […]

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CDC: Seat belt use up to 85 percent nationally

CDC: Seat belt use up to 85 percent nationally

MEDIA RELEASE Almost 6 out of 7 U.S. drivers surveyed report they always wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seat belt use has become the national norm in most states, though rates of self-reported seat belt […]

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