U.S. Teen pregnancy rate shows a dramatic decline

by Jennifer Borget posted in Mom Stories The United States doesn’t have teen birth rates worth bragging about, but we do have some new statistics worth celebrating. A report indicates the U.S. teen birth rate fell dramatically in the last 20 years, plunging 57 percent. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate…… […]

Early menopause linked to mental decline

“Premature menopause is linked with poor thinking and reaction times,” The Daily Telegraph reports. A large French study found that women who had their menopause before the age of 40 had memory problems and delayed reaction times. Premature menopause is usually defined as occurring before or around the age of 40. This can happen because of […]

Decline in preterm births and asthma linked with smoking bans

During the last couple of decades, public smoking bans in the US and Europe have come into effect. Now, the first systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the effect of this smoke-free legislation on child health shows these bans have been followed by decreasing rates of preterm births and children attending the hospital for asthma. […]

Record decline in US teen childbearing may be due to TV shows ’16 & Pregnant’ and ‘Teen Mom’

Despite concerns that turning teen moms into reality TV stars has glamorized teen pregnancy, a new study shows that MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom have had a more powerful impact in the opposite direction: the series has significantly reduced births to teens.The research, coauthored by Wellesley College economist Phillip B. Pregnancy / Obstetrics […]