02/05/2010  |  
The 10 Most Important Health Measures of the 20th Century

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 20th century has produced numerous things that improve the overall health of Americans. Some of these you may know, while others may be a surprise when you first read them...but seem obvious once you think about it. For example, you might guess that fluoridation of drinking water, vaccinations, control of infectious diseases, and recognizing the dangers of tobacco use made the list—but what about family planning, healthier mothers and babies, and safer workplaces? The list is rounded out with motor vehicle safety, safer and healthier foods, and the decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke. But one at the top of the list is fluoride for preventing tooth decay.

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