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Women in 30s now having more babies than younger moms in US

NEW YORK—For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States. Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate. For more than three decades, women in their late 20s …

Falls are taking a huge and rising toll on elderly brains

NEW YORK — Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers. The reason for the increase isn’t clear, the report’s authors said. But one likely factor is that a growing number of elderly people are living …

Going to the Olympics? Some health risks to consider

NEW YORK—Travelling to the Olympics? Don’t let illnesses meddle with your fun. Roughly half a million people from around the world are expected to travel to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. And while Zika is in the spotlight, there are other bugs and health problems that Olympic athletes and spectators should keep in mind. …

Suicide by job: Farmers, lumberjacks, fisherman top list

NEW YORK—Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a large study that found enormous differences across occupations. The study didn’t explore the reasons behind the differences, but researchers found the highest suicide rates in manual labourers who work in isolation and …

CDC: 14 more US reports of possible Zika spread through sex

NEW YORK – U.S. health officials are investigating more than a dozen possible Zika infections that may have been spread through sex. The 14 cases all involve men who visited areas with Zika outbreaks, and who may have infected their female sex partners, who had not travelled to those areas. Zika virus is mainly spread …

CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports the procedure and health insurers should pay for it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines stop short of telling parents to have their newborn sons circumcised. That is a personal decision that …

CDC: E-cigarette smoking has tripled in high school kids in recent years

NEW YORK—Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday. In a large national survey last year, 4.5 per cent of high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the previous month. That’s up from 1.5 per cent in 2011 and 2.8 per …

Another Ebola Problem: Finding its natural source

A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks. Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since it first emerged in 1976. It is coming from somewhere – probably bats – …

US issues highest level travel warning for 3 West African countries because of Ebola outbreak

NEW YORK—U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year. “The bottom line is, …

Asthma rates drop but experts not breathing easily

NEW YORK — A new survey suggests asthma in the U.S. may finally be on the decline. But the results are so surprising that health officials are cautious about claiming a downturn. “I wouldn’t say it’s good news – yet,” said the study’s lead author, Jeannine Schiller of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …