CDC: teen births declined dramatically last year

The Wall Street Journal reports that according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of births to US adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19 declined dramatically in 2013 to a record low. In girls ages 15 to 17, birth rates declined a record 68 percent.

Many treatments popularized before adequate testing

In a 2,250-word piece called “Heralded Medical Treatments Often Fail to Live Up to Their Promise,” McClatchy reports that the “combination of industry marketing, overly eager doctors, demanding patients and news media ready to cheer on anything that sounds like a breakthrough is popularizing many drugs, surgeries and other treatments long before they’re adequately tested.”

Study: Too many bronchitis patients receiving antibiotics

The Los Angeles Times reports that a new JAMA study has found that “about 7 in 10 patients who go to a doctor seeking treatment for acute bronchitis winds up leaving their appointment with a prescription for an antibiotic,” and “that’s a problem, the study authors say, because the ideal prescription rate should be 0%.” […]

Could your cocoa be contaminated?

Cocoa powders, dark chocolates, and other products made from cacao beans can be rich in flavanols – which may help with blood flow, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. However, they may also be contaminated with the toxic heavy metal cadmium.

More women over 35 becoming first-time moms

NBC Nightly News reported that “more than ever before, women are waiting longer to have children.” Over the period of roughly the past decade, “there’s been a 35 percent increase among women 40 to 44 having children for the first time.” Over the past 40 years, there has been “a 900 percent increase among women […]

Advocates continue to push for choice to use raw milk

USA Today reported on the controversy surrounding the use of raw milk and noted that despite concerns from public health officials, advocates who “contend raw or unpasteurized milk can battle everything from autism to allergies” are responsible for “bills in a number of states to open the door to raw milk sales.”

FDA urges curbs on use of aspirin to prevent heart attacks

NBC Nightly News reported in its broadcast on the dangers of indiscriminate use of aspirin, saying, “Tonight the FDA is warning that a daily dose is not for everyone, and taking aspirin needlessly may actually put them at significant risk.” The reported pointed out the agency is now “reminding consumers there are risks associated with […]

Nail salon dryers emit varying levels of radiation

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that a research letter published in JAMA Dermatology suggests that “nail salon dryers, which use ultraviolet light to speed the drying and hardening of nail polishes and gels, emit varying levels of radiation that can lead to risky skin damage in as few as eight visits to the […]