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Health Matters for Women

March 2018

New from CDC

Seven Things You May Not Know about Women's Health
You may be surprised to learn about some health issues that affect millions of women or girls each year. Learn about some of them and what you can do.

Trends in Mortality Among Females in the United States, 1900–2010: Progress and Challenges
In this report researchers analyzed US female mortality rates by decade from 1900 through 2010, assessed age and racial differences, and proposed explanations and considered implications.

What Drives Health Professionals to Tweet About #HPVvaccine? Identifying Strategies for Effective Communication
This study looks at how health professionals use Twitter to communicate about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Report from Nine Maternal Mortality Review Committees
This report was created by the Building U.S. Capacity to Review and Prevent Maternal Deaths team, a collaboration between CDC, the CDC Foundation, and AMCHP supported by funding from Merck, through the Merck for Mothers program.

CDC Releases State-Specific Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance Report 
The Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance – United States, 2015 summary in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released today presents state-specific data on assisted reproductive technology (ART) use and outcomes. 

Cigarette Smoking During Pregnancy: United States, 2016
This report presents the prevalence of cigarette smoking at any time during pregnancy among women who gave birth in 2016 in the United States by state of residence as well as maternal race and Hispanic origin, age, and educational attainment.

Role of Race/Ethnicity, Language, and Insurance in Use of Cervical Cancer Prevention Services Among Low-Income Hispanic Women, 2009–2013
This study assesses the odds of having had Papanicolaou (Pap) tests and receiving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, by race/ethnicity, insurance status, and language.

Rabies Vaccine Hesitancy and Deaths Among Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women — Vietnam, 2015–2016
Despite widespread availability of PEP in Vietnam, in 2015 the Ministry of Health (MoH) received reports of pregnant and breastfeeding women with clinically diagnosed rabies. MoH investigated factors associated with these rabies cases.

Vital Signs: Trends in Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Opioid Overdoses — United States, July 2016–September 2017
During July 2016–September 2017, emergency department visits among those aged >11 years for opioid overdoses in the United States increased 29.7% overall and 34.5% in 16 states with high prevalence of overdose mortality.

Obstetric Outcomes and Delivery-Related Health Care Utilization and Costs Among Pregnant Women With Multiple Chronic Conditions
This study uses 2013–2014 data from the National Inpatient Sample to measure obstetric outcomes and delivery-related health care utilization and costs among women with no chronic conditions, 1 chronic condition, and multiple chronic conditions.

Prevent Colorectal Cancer: We Can Do It!
Find out just how preventable colorectal cancer can be with this new blog post.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was March 10. The goals of this event are to raise awareness about the need for all women, especially pregnant women, to be tested and treated for HIV.

HIV Prevention Pill Not Reaching Most Americans Who Could Benefit – Especially People of Color
A new CDC analysis suggests that only a small percentage of Americans who could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill for HIV prevention, have been prescribed it.

Upcoming Conferences and Learning Opportunities

Public Meeting: Evaluating Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria in Clinical Trials, April 16, 2018

Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Opioid Use Disorder, April 17, 2018

2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health, May 8—11, 2018

2018 National Immunization Conference, May 15-17, 2018

Healthy Aging Summit, July 16-17, 2018

International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID), August 26–29, 2018

National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS), October 16-18, 2018


March 1

Figure 2. Percentage of Persons Aged 20 and Over with Depression, by Race and Hispanic Origin and Sex: United States, 2013–2016

March 2

QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentages* of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Are Current Regular Drinkers of Alcohol, by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin§ — National Health Interview Survey, 2016

Federal Agency News

This World Kidney Day, Shine a Spotlight on Women’s Health (NIH)

Busting 5 Myths about Eating Disorders (HHS)

High Uptake and Use of Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention Observed in Open-label Study (NIH)

FDA Authorizes, with Special Controls, Direct-to-Consumer Test that Reports Three Mutations in the BRCA Breast Cancer Genes

National, State and Local News

New Blog: Pregnancy Exposure Registries Help Moms-To-Be Share Their Experiences with Medicines (March of Dimes)

Wolf Administration Discusses Impacts of Eating Disorders, Recognizes Professionals Leading the Fight Against these Illnesses (Pennsylvania)

One of the Nation’s First Real-Time, Comprehensive Opioid Hotlines for Medical Providers to Launch (Arizona)


New Pacific Partnership Addresses Gender Equality and Violence Against Women (UN Women)

Gender Equality Must be at the Core of 'Health for All' (WHO)