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Kids’ allergies on rise in U.S.

Children’s allergies are on the rise in the United States and are particularly common among the wealthiest in society, said a US government report on Thursday. Skin allergies such as eczema have risen the most over the past decade, going from a prevalence of 7.4 percent in 1997-1999 to 12.5…

Number of U.S. teen births lowest in 70 years

The number of new teenage mothers in the United States is at its lowest level in nearly 70 years but remains the highest of any major developed country, according to official figures released Tuesday. The current rate of 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 is down 44 percent from…

Number of U.S. twins surge due to fertility advances

WASHINGTON — Advances in fertility treatment and a trend toward later-life childbirth are fueling a boom in twins in the United States, where one in 30 babies is a twin, according to US data out Wednesday. The number of twins doubled in 2009 compared to 1980, rising from 68,339 to…

Affordable Care Act gives 2.5 million young adults coverage

Defenders of the Affordable Care Act received good news Wednesday morning. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 2.5 million young adults received health insurance, thanks to a provision in the laws which allows people under 26-years-old to stay on their parents’ insurance. The percentage of 19 to 25-year-olds…

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