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CDC Report Shows Teen Birth Rates Are Declining
2013-05-23 18:45:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teen birth rates have dropped by 15 percent for all but two states. The CDC said teen birth rates dropped steeply in the US from 2007 through 2011, reaching a record low of 31.3 percent. All states but West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over five years, while Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah saw rates drop by 30 percent or more....

2013-04-23 08:30:27

Preventing Preterm Births Saves Babies' Lives WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Babies in the United States had a better chance of surviving infancy in 2011 than ever before. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the US infant mortality rate fell in 2011 to 6.05 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births, an all-time low. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130214/DC59689LOGO) The infant mortality rate declined in part because...

Infant Mortality Rates In The US Are Down
2013-04-18 04:48:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The infant mortality rate in the US fell 12 percent from 2005 to 2011, with improvements reported in all major racial and ethnic groups, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a report issued on Wednesday. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the country´s infant mortality rate fell from 6.87 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 6.05 infant deaths per 1,000 live births...

A Growing Trend: Couples Choosing To Shack Up Before Marriage
2013-04-04 14:34:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Nearly half of all women moved in with a romantic partner prior to getting married, according to statistics released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Forty-eight percent of the more than 12,000 15- to 44-year-old females interviewed by the NCHS between 2006 and 2010 chose cohabitation as their first union, without marriage. That´s an increase from just 38 percent in 1995, the agency revealed in...

2012-11-29 13:21:48

CHICAGO — Visceral, or deep belly, obesity is a risk factor for bone loss and decreased bone strength in men, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). "It is important for men to be aware that excess belly fat is not only a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, it is also a risk factor for bone loss," said Miriam Bredella, M.D., radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of...

Americans Are Controlling Their High Blood Pressure
2012-10-24 04:48:26

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study reported in the upcoming issue of the American Heart Association´s journal Circulation states that almost half of adults in the U.S. have controlled their high blood pressure. Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) believe that the findings may be due to a number of factors, including an increase in the use of various drug combinations. “Much progress has been made in blood...

2012-05-10 10:26:23

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,000 fewer babies died before celebrating their first birthday between 2007 and 2008, and many of them had the benefit of a full-term pregnancy, according to data released today by the National Center for Health Statistics. The United States infant mortality rate declined 2 percent from 2007 to 2008. The rate dropped to 6.61 from 6.75 deaths for every 1,000 live births. The NCHS report found that all of this decrease in...

Mississippi Has Nation's Highest Teenage Pregnancy Average
2012-04-11 05:21:53

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the teen pregnancy rate in Mississippi is the highest in the U.S. The agency said Mississippi is more than 60 percent above the national average for teen pregnancies. The state reported 55 births per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 19 in 2010, compared to the nation's lowest teen pregnancy rate of 15.7 births per 1,000 teens. The CDC said teen birth rates were higher in the South and Southwest and lower in the Northeast and...

More Teenage Boys Using Condoms During First Sexual Encounter
2011-10-13 04:54:04

Four out of five boys between the ages of 15 and 19 are using a condom the first time they have sex, according to the results of a new federal survey of teenagers' sex lives. According to the National Center for Health Statistics' (NCHS) National Survey of Family Growth, which features data collected between 2006 and 2010, the number of teen boys using condoms during their first sexual encounter increased 9%, from 71%, in 2002, Sharon Jayson of USA Today reported Wednesday. The survey...

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2011-08-19 07:07:04

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the diagnoses of children with ADHD increased from 7% to 9% from 1998-2000 through 2007-2009.Dr. Lara J. Akinbami, lead author of the study told ABCNews.com, "ADHD continues to increase and that has implications for educational and health care because kids with ADHD disproportionately use more services, and there are several co-morbid conditions that go along with it."ADHD prevalence varies by race and ethnicity. Non-Hispanic whites saw...