CDC Press Release: New CDC Director Named, Cancer in Rural America and Vitalsigns: Opioids

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Press Releases Monday, July 10, 2017

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD Secretary Price Appoints Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., as CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator

On Friday, July 7th, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D.,namedBrenda Fitzgerald, M.D.,asthe 17thDirector of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Today, I am extremely proud and excited to announceDr. Brenda Fitzgeraldas the new Director of the CDC, said Secretary Price. Having knownDr. Fitzgeraldfor many years, I know thatshehas a deep appreciation and understanding of medicine, public health, policy and leadershipall qualities that will prove vitalas sheleads the CDC in itsworkto protect Americas health 24/7. We look forward to working withDr. Fitzgeraldto achieve President Trump's goal of strengthening public health surveillance and ensuring global health security at home and abroad. Congratulations toDr. Fitzgeraldand herfamily.

Read More People in Rural America get cancer less often but die from it at higher rates. It doesn't have to be this way. New CDC Report shows deaths from cancer higher in rural America

Despite decreases in cancer death rates nationwide, a new report shows slower reduction in cancer death rates in rural America (a decrease of 1.0 percent per year) compared with urban America (a decrease of 1.6 percent per year), according to data released today in CDCs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report The report is part of a series of MMWR studies on rural heath.

Read More Higher opioid prescribing puts patients at risk for addiction and overdose. Opioid prescribing is still high and varies widely throughout the U.S.

The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015, but remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S., according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In 2015 six times more opioids per resident were dispensed in the highest-prescribing counties than in the lowest-prescribing counties. This wide variation suggests inconsistent prescribing practices among healthcare providers and that patients receive different care depending onwhere they live.

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