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Health Matters for Women

February 2019

New from CDC

Increased Methamphetamine, Injection Drug, and Heroin Use Among Women and Heterosexual Men with Primary and Secondary Syphilis — United States, 2013–2017
Among women with primary and secondary syphilis, reported use of methamphetamine, injection drugs, and heroin more than doubled during 2013–2017. In 2017, 16.6% of women with syphilis used methamphetamine, 10.5% used injection drugs, and 5.8% used heroin during the preceding 12 months.

Educational Attainment of Mothers Aged 25 and Over: United States, 2017
Maternal education is shown to be associated with the number of children a woman has during her childbearing years, as well as maternal and infant health. Using 2017 national birth certificate data, this report describes educational attainment of mothers aged 25 and over, overall and by race and Hispanic origin and state, and the mean numbers of live births by mothers’ educational attainment.

Higher Breast Cancer Risk Among Immigrant Asian American Women Than Among US-Born Asian American Women
Given rising rates of breast cancer in parts of Asia, immigrant Asian American women in the United States may have higher rates of breast cancer than previously anticipated. This study examined breast cancer risk among Asian American women by nativity and percentage of life lived in the United States, accounting for established breast cancer risk factors.

Clinical Presentation of Pregnant Women in Isolation Units for Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone
The objective of the study was to examine Ebola virus disease symptom prevalence and status among pregnant women in Ebola isolation units in Sierra Leone. Several Ebola virus disease symptoms and complications increased the odds of testing positive for the disease. Some of these were also signs and symptoms of labor/pregnancy complications. The study results highlight the need to refine screening for pregnant women with Ebola virus disease.

Leveraging Existing Birth Defects Surveillance Infrastructure to Build Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Surveillance Systems (Illinois, New Mexico, and Vermont)
This report describes a pilot project in Illinois, New Mexico, and Vermont to use birth defects surveillance infrastructure to obtain state-level, population-based estimates of neonatal abstinence syndrome. The lessons learned from this pilot project might help inform neonatal abstinence syndrome surveillance efforts in other U.S. states or jurisdictions.

CDC Funding

Increasing Influenza and Tdap Vaccination of Pregnant Women in Obstetric/Gynecologic Practices in Large Health Systems through Quality Improvement Interventions Department of Health and Human Services (RFA-IP-19-002)

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

Advocating for Health Equity 64th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 18-22, 2019

48th Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health, October 23, 2019


QuickStats: Percentage* of U.S. Women Aged 50–74 Years Who Have Ever Had Breast Cancer,† by Race and Hispanic Origin

Percentage of U.S. Women Aged 50–74 Years Who Have Ever Had Breast Cancer, by Race and Hispanic Origin — National Health Interview Survey, 2015–2017

QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Were Prescribed Medication in the Past 12 Months,† by Sex and Age Group

Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Were Prescribed Medication in the Past 12 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2017

Upcoming Observances

March 2019

National Endometriosis Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 10

Federal Agency News

Older Biologic Age Linked to Elevated Breast Cancer Risk (NIH)

Long Periods of Sedentary Behavior May Increase Cardiovascular Risk in Older Women (NIH)

Inexpensive Supplement for Women Increases Infant Birth Size (NIH)

FDA's Continuing Efforts to Educate Patients on Known Risk of Lymphoma from Breast Implants

FDA Issues Warning Letter to Doctor for Illegally Marketing Unapproved Device with Claims to Prevent and Treat Tightening of Scar Tissue Around Breast Implants

COMING SOON: The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be Releasing a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a New Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program — (HRSA-19-094)

National, State and Local News

Final Recommendation Statement on Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression: Preventative Interventions 
(The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force)

Virginia General Assembly Passes Legislation Ordering Review of Maternal Mortality