The 2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign is a continuation of last year’s very successful campaign. It was developed to share stories from real people about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke.
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As children enter their pre-teen years, their world becomes an exciting place of new experiences and newfound freedoms. But adults know that adolescence also brings new risks and potential dangers, and parents can’t be there every minute.
The truth about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may surprise you. MRSA is a type of bacteria that causes skin and other kinds of infections.
You′ve done your homework, researching and interviewing to find the best care for your child, but is your caregiver—nanny, babysitter, daycare worker or family member—protected against the flu.
Worldwide, more than 300,000 babies are born every year with neural tube defects (NTDs), which include spina bifida and anencephaly, a birth defect of the brain.
Turtles are colorful and cute and are often kept as pets. However, many people don’t know that turtles and other reptiles like snakes and lizards can carry harmful germs that can make people very sick.
In the United States, every 15 minutes a baby is born with a congenital heart defect, the most common type of birth defect in this country.
As parents and kids get ready to head back to school, it’s a great time for parents to update your child’s vaccine records.
It’s important to take care of your eyes. Poor vision makes it harder to read, drive, and cook. The good news: Many eye problems and diseases can be treated if caught early. To make sure you keep seeing clearly, get a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
Every year, one in three adults over age 64 falls. Thousands of older adults die from fall injuries every year and about two million are treated for nonfatal fall injuries in emergency departments. But simple home modifications and exercises that impro…
Learning the Truth about One of the Most Common Genetic Diseases Sickle cell disease one of the most common genetic diseases in the United States. It is estimated that more than 70,000 people have sickle cell disease and more than two million p…
From May through July, people get tick bites and tickborne diseases more often than any other time of year in the United States, but many may not know they are at risk.
Ever cringe when you step on the scale? Now, think of the entire country stepping on that scale. Imagine the Weight of the Nation. Obesity is a common, serious, and costly health problem, and CDC is working to control and prevent it.
There is important news for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Did you know that one of the most dangerous side effects of chemotherapy cannot be seen? That’s right; a low white blood cell count puts cancer patients at a higher risk for getting a…
For more than six decades, CDC has guarded people against infectious and noninfectious diseases, responded to dangers caused by injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities and environmental health threats, thereby increasing opportunities for longer, mor…