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CDC: Decrease in teen drinking and driving since 1991

MEDIA RELEASE The percentage of teens in high school (aged 16 and older) who drove when they had been drinking alcohol decreased by 54 percent between 1991 and 2011, according to a Vital Signs study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine out of 10 high school teens (aged 16 and older) […]

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Six in 10 adults now get physically active by walking

MEDIA RELEASE Sixty-two percent of adults say they walked for at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010, compared to 56 percent in 2005, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, less than half (48 percent) of all adults get […]

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CDC: Unintentional injury child death rates down

CDC: Unintentional injury child death rates down

MEDIA RELEASE Death rates from unintentional injuries among children and adolescents from birth to age 19 declined by nearly 30 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, more than 9,000 children lost their lives as a result of unintentional injury in […]

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Report: Declining cancer death rates since the early 1990s

Report: Declining cancer death rates since the early 1990s

MEDIA RELEASE Death rates from all cancers combined for men, women, and children continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2008. The overall rate of new cancer diagnoses, also known as incidence, among men decreased by an average […]

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Nine in 10 U.S. adults get too much sodium every day

Nine in 10 U.S. adults get too much sodium every day

MEDIA RELEASE Main sources of sodium include many common foods Nearly all Americans consume much more sodium than they should, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the sodium comes from common restaurant or grocery store items. The latest Vital Signs report finds that 10 types of foods […]

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Binge drinking bigger problem than previously believed

Binge drinking bigger problem than previously believed

MEDIA RELEASE More than 38 million U.S. adults binge drink an average of four times a month and the most drinks they consume on average is eight, according to a new Vital Signs report form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While binge drinking is more common among young adults ages 18–34, of those […]

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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: 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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Commemorating 30 years of HIV/AIDS

Commemorating 30 years of HIV/AIDS

Special to Hawaii 24/7 by Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This week marks 30 years since the first report of a mysterious and deadly new syndrome that would come to be known as AIDS was published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). At the time, no […]

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Half of all states have smoke-free worksites, bars

Half of all states have smoke-free worksites, bars

MEDIA RELEASE By 2020 or sooner, the entire nation could have laws banning smoking in all indoor areas of private sector worksites, restaurants and bars, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found. These places are major sources of secondhand smoke exposure. The projection is based on the rate at which […]

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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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CDC: Number of teen drivers in fatal crashes drops

CDC: Number of teen drivers in fatal crashes drops

MEDIA RELEASE The number of fatal crashes involving 16- and 17-year old drivers dropped by more than a third between 2004 and 2008, but this doesn’t mean that parents and teens should be satisfied with the progress, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Crashes still remain the leading cause […]

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Federal guidelines for H1N1 in schools offer options

Federal guidelines for H1N1 in schools offer options

MEDIA RELEASE Updated federal guidelines offer state and local public health and school officials a range of options for responding to 2009 H1N1 influenza in schools, depending on how severe the flu may be in their communities.  The guidance says officials should balance the risk of flu in their communities with the disruption that school […]

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