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Health Matters for Women

December 2018

New from CDC

New CDC Study Shows Increases in Uterine Cancer
Uterine cancer is one of the few cancers with increasing incidence and mortality in the United States, reflecting, in part, increases in the prevalence of overweight and obesity since the 1980s. It is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed and the seventh most common cause of cancer death among U.S. women. Also, listen to the podcast, Patterns and Trends in Cancer Screening by Dr. Ingrid Hall, an epidemiologist with CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

Bleeding Disorders in Women
Did you know that heavy, prolonged menstrual bleeding (bleeding during a woman’s period) may be a sign of a bleeding disorder in women? As many as 1% of women in the United States may have a bleeding disorder, but many women are not aware of the condition despite having symptoms. Find resources and information on bleeding disorders from the Better You Know campaign here. Take steps to understand if you are at risk for a bleeding disorder.

How Does Sleep Affect Your Heart Health?
Getting good sleep isn’t just important for your energy levels—it is critical for your heart health, too. Adults need 7 or more hours of sleep per night for the best health and wellbeing. Learn how sleep is connected to heart health. Learn what you can do to get better sleep.

Pregnant Women are 10 Times More Likely Than Others To Get Listeriosis
Listeria is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning in the United States. About 1,600 people get sick from Listeria each year, and about 260 die. Pregnant women and their newborns are much more likely to get a Listeria infection, which is called listeriosis. Click here to learn which foods are more likely to contain Listeria and how you can take steps to protect your health.

World AIDS Day
December 1 is observed as World AIDS Day, an opportunity to unite in our efforts to stop new HIV infections, support those affected by HIV, and remember those who have lost their lives to HIV-related diseases.

Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys and Toy Jewelry
Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season. Some toys, especially imported toys, antique toys and toy jewelry, may contain lead hazards.

Healthier Holidays in 1 – 2 – 3! and Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter
Few Americans get enough physical activity, and many don’t eat a healthful diet. The winter holidays can be a great time to think about your goals for the year ahead. Follow these three tips to jump start your resolutions, and Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter.

Upcoming Conferences and Learning Opportunities

National HIV Prevention Conference, March 18-21, 2019

Native Women and Men's Wellness and Diabetes Prevention Conference, April 22-25, 2019

Upcoming Observances

National Folic Acid Awareness Week

Cervical Health Awareness Month

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

National Birth Defects Prevention Month


New HIV Diagnoses in the US for the Most-Affected Subpopulations, 2017 (By Gender)

New HIV Diagnoses in the US for the Most-Affected Subpopulations, 2017

Federal Agency News

Public Comment for Healthy People 2030 (HHS)

FDA Authorizes First Test to Aid in Detecting a Type of Herpes Virus in Newborns Called Cytomegalovirus

NIH Scientists Find That Breast Cancer Protection From Pregnancy Starts Decades Later

OWH Welcomes New Director (HHS)

Family Healthcare Network Settles EEOC Disability and Pregnancy Discrimination Suit for $1.75 Million (EEOC)

National, State and Local News

Young Leaders Visualize Health Equity Artwork Submissions Due February 28, 2019

American Academy of Family Physicians Joins Other Groups to Develop Well-Woman Resource  

The West Texas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is Seeking Applications For Its Community Grants for the Funding Period of Apr. 1, 2019 Through March 31, 2020

Women Applaud Michelle Obama’s Decision To Share Her Trauma Of Miscarriage (Kaiser Health News)

New Study Finds Bias Against Women and Girls When Intellectual Ability is Sought (NYU)


The Trouble With Girls: Obstacles to Women’s Success in Medicine and Research (BMJ)

Without Investing in Women and Girls, There Will Be No Health for All (Thomson Reuters Foundation)