NEW YORK — Birth rates are falling dramatically for black and Hispanic teenagers, but they continue to be much higher than the birth rate for white teens.
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NEW YORK — Life expectancy for white women has fallen a little, according to a new government report.
White women lost about five weeks from their predicted lifespan in 2014, compared to 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.
NEW YORK — The tightening of restrictions on abortion clinics in many states has emboldened some abortion rights advocates to launch an outreach effort, reminding women they have relatively safe and effective means of ending a pregnancy on their own through use of a miscarriage-inducing drug.
LONDON — Mars Food, the maker of Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s, says some of its sauces will soon carry labels suggesting they should be eaten only as occasional treats a decision praised by health campaigners seeking to reduce the amount of salt, sugar and fat in processed food.
OTTAWA—The system used to deliver medical services to First Nations introduces unnecessary barriers to care and often prevents doctors from doing their jobs, an Ontario physician bluntly told a parliamentary committee yesterday.
Dr. Michael Kirlew, a doctor based in Sioux Lookout, Ont., urged the federal government to take “drastic change” to save lives.
OTTAWA—A proposed new federal law that imposes strict conditions on the right of Canadians to end their lives with medical assistance is a betrayal of the woman whose case was central to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the ban on assisted death, critics say.
TORONTO — Canada’s new assisted suicide law to be announced on Thursday will exclude non-Canadians, which means Americans won’t be able to travel to Canada to die.
NEW YORK — Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and other severe brain defects.
VANCOUVER—Life-insurance providers have told the federal government its members are willing to lift the standard two-year exemption for suicides and pay out policies on people who end their lives through physician-assisted death, says the head of the industry’s professional association.
WASHINGTON — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito control and development of vaccines and treatments.
Scientists increasingly believe the Zika virus sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean causes devastating defects in fetal brains if women become infected during pregnancy.