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National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Established in 2002 by the Health Information Resource Center, National Women’s Health and Fitness Day promotes fitness and healthy living yearly among women of all ages.

Women’s health and fitness has historically been marred by inconsistent science and pseudoscience, old wives’ tales, and conjecture and has even been taboo in certain cultures and societies. An early example of this is the insistence on wearing corsets for femininity between the 1500s and the 1900s. We now know how damaging that fashion trend was and hardly any woman wears one today.

Modern health developments have helped shift perceptions on women’s fitness. Long feared to cause unwanted masculine features in women, weightlifting is now encouraged for women. Gone are the days of our grandmothers exercising only at home to hide their sweat from the public eye. No longer are women allowed only in women-only gyms called reducing salons.

In the United States, one in four deaths among women is caused by heart disease. On National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, it is important to spread awareness of programs such as the WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program. Programs such as WISEWOMAN help women ages 40–64 learn how to lead heart-healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease and stroke. WISEWOMAN is administered through the CDC for low-income, uninsured, or underinsured women.

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National Opioid Awareness Day

National Opioid Awareness Day

Addictive, strong, and inexpensive, opioids, which include opiates and fentanyl, helped cause nearly 841,000 deaths to drug overdoses between 1999 and 2020. While it is easy to dismiss opioid related deaths as another drug related lapse in judgement, opioid addiction can occur from legal, prescribed medication. National Opioid Awareness Day hopes to highlight the dangers of opioids and remove the associated stigma of opioid addiction and opioid overdoses.

Opioids are a highly addictive substance. Medical use of opioids is often left as a final resort due to the addictive nature of such medication and typically only used in the absence of safer alternatives. The opioid epidemic in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is due to the overuse of opioid medications both through medical prescriptions and illegal sources.

Between 1999 and 2020, it is believed that 500,000 drug overdose deaths were caused by opioids. In 2017, 47,600 opioid related deaths were recorded and according to a report from 2017, it is estimated that 130 people in the U.S. die every day from opioid-related drug overdose.

The history of opioids and opioid-related drug overdoses is complicated and often intermingled with legal and legitimate prescription opioid medication addiction. It is important to acknowledge the dangers of such addictions and remove the stigma associated with opioids. September 21 is National Opioid Awareness Day – a perfect time to help in correcting misunderstandings about opioid addiction and opioid-related drug overdoses.

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CDC Releases Updated Monkeypox Vaccine Information Statement

CDC Releases Updated Monkeypox Vaccine Information Statement

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This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS) for smallpox/monkeypox. Monkeypox is an emerging infection currently spreading around the world, including in the United States. While monkeypox tends to be milder than smallpox, it can cause death.

The VIS answers the question, “Why get vaccinated for smallpox/monkeypox?” The updated document also explains how the vaccine works, the recommended vaccine schedule, and CDC’s recommendations for who should be vaccinated—especially laboratory workers, emergency response team members, and those who care for patients who could be infected with the viruses.

The updated VIS should be used by providers immediately, though it is acceptable to continue using the previous edition until stocks are exhausted.

You can access the updated VIS on the CDC website.

CDC Reports That STD Cases Continued to Rise During First Year of COVID-19 Pandemic

CDC Reports That STD Cases Continued to Rise During First Year of COVID-19 Pandemic

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections in the United States continued to rise in 2020, with cases of gonorrhea and syphilis in particular surpassing their 2019 levels. Apparent declines in total reported STDs early in the year were likely driven by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted STD surveillance and treatment efforts across the country and continues to impact our healthcare system.

According to a report released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.4 million cases of STDs were reported in the U.S. in 2020. Congenital syphilis saw the most dramatic increase, with cases rising by almost 15 percent since 2019 and by 235 percent since 2016, while gonorrhea and primary and secondary syphilis cases increased by 10 percent and 7 percent from 2019, respectively. The report also found that some racial and ethnic minority groups, gay and bisexual men, and young people continue to experience higher rates of STDs.

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Reported cases of chlamydia fell by 13 percent, however, while overall STD cases fell dramatically in the early months of 2020. According to the report, these apparent declines were likely driven not by an actual reduction in new infections but rather by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to reductions in STD screenings by providers, caused resource and supply shortages, and led many patients to delay or avoid making healthcare visits.

“There were moments in 2020 when it felt like the world was standing still,” according to Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “But STDs weren’t. The unrelenting momentum of the STD epidemic continued even as STD prevention services were disrupted.”

To read the full CDC report, visit https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2020/default.htm.

CDC Provides Guidance on Talking With Parents About COVID-19 Vaccination

VaccineShotPeopleAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges everyone ages 5 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible. More than 543 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been given in the United States through February 7, 2022, according to CDC.

Despite the safety of the vaccines, misinformation remains a problem nationwide. CDC provides recommendations for providers on how to answer questions from parents and caregivers about COVID-19 vaccines. Providers remain the most trusted source of information about vaccines.