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CDC Warns Measles Outbreak Threatening U.S. Elimination Status

The CDC is calling for action to increase U.S. measles immunization amid a rise in cases that could threaten the nation’s status as one where the virus is eliminated. The number of measles cases detected in 2024 has already nearly reached double the total confirmed in 2023. The CDC has confirmed 113 cases so far, compared to 58 detected last year.   Overall, 91 percent of measles patients sin...

Out Now: CDC’s Office of Communications Shares Season 2 of “Listen Up!” Podcast

"Listen Up! Podcast Series" – a podcast for health communicators by health communicators – announces the launch of season 2 hosted by Dr. Betsy Mitchell from CDC's Office of Communications. The inaugural episode, "Unraveling the Digital Tapestry: Pitfalls and Potential for Impact," features an interview with Dr. David Lazer, distinguished professor at Northeastern University.   Delving into t...

Pregnancy May Speed Up Biological Ageing, Study Finds

A study conducted by scientists at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York suggests that pregnancy may accelerate biological aging in women. Analyzing data from a long-term health survey in the Philippines, researchers used genetic tools to estimate biological age based on DNA methylation patterns.   They found that each pregnancy reported by women was associated with ...

CDC: Social Determinants Keep Women from Getting Mammograms

Breast cancer causes more than 40,000 deaths among women each year in the U.S. At the same time, a recent CDC study found that the more health-related social needs a woman faces — such as food insecurity or a lack of access to reliable transportation — the less likely she is to get a mammogram.   According to the study, life dissatisfaction, social isolation, lost or reduced hours of employme...

Black Maternal Health Week is April 11 – 17

Black Maternal Health Week is recognized through Wednesday, April 17. The White House released a proclamation that underscores the pressing need to end the maternal health crisis in the U.S., especially among Black women who face significantly higher risks. Systemic racism, bias, and environmental injustices contribute to these disparities.   Heath communicators can use this toolkit from HRSA...

No Link Between COVID Vaccine, Cardiac Arrest in Young People, New CDC Study Finds

The CDC recently released data addressing the potential link between the COVID-19 vaccine and sudden cardiac death in young adults. The findings indicate no association between COVID-19 vaccination and sudden cardiac death in previously healthy young individuals. This investigation was prompted by reports and media coverage suggesting a connection between sudden deaths among young athletes and ...

High Seafood Diets Linked to Exposure to 'Forever Chemicals,' Study Finds

A new study, published April 12 in the journal Exposure and Health, found concerning levels of toxic PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” in seafood. PFAS are found in many foods, household, and personal products and are widely present in the environment.   These human-made substances are the focus of a growing body of research given their potential toxicity and associations with serious health issu...

PHCC New Messaging: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

The Public Health Communication Collaborative (PHCC) developed Talking Points and Answers to Tough Questions on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) for health communicators to share accurate and actionable messages with your communities.   On April 1, 2024, a Texas resident with exposure to dairy cattle tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1), also known as b...

April 2024 Climate and Health Outlook

The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE) has released its April 2024 Climate and Health Outlook. Check out this edition to learn about your region’s forecast for heat, flooding, drought, and wildfire in April 2024 along with how to protect yourself and others’ health from these climate hazards.   Delve into the importance of well water in times of crisis and uncover the surprisi...