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US fertility rates are falling. These 3 charts show how.

October 18, 2018

U.S. fertility rates are falling, and new research suggests hospitals are responding by cutting obstetrician units, particularly those in rural areas.

The rare illness that's stumping CDC

October 17, 2018

Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says CDC investigators have been unable to identify the cause of the recent increase in cases of the "incredibly rare" polio-like disease acute flaccid myelitis.

More US children aren't receiving recommended vaccinations, CDC finds

October 15, 2018

Two CDC reports show vaccinations rates among U.S. children ages 19 to 35 months and those in kindergarten remained high, but both the share of unvaccinated infants and the share of kindergarten-aged children with vaccine exemptions rose slightly.

Why is the US maternal mortality rate so high? Lawmakers just launched an investigation to find out.

October 12, 2018

The House Ways and Means Committee this week launched an investigation into U.S. maternal mortality rates, asking operators of hundreds of U.S. maternity hospitals what they are doing to identify women with high-risk pregnancies.

Women who face sexual assault, harassment may face long-term health risks

October 12, 2018

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that sexual assault and harassment are associated with long-term effects on women's physical and mental health—including sharply higher rates of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and high blood pressure.

House Dems seek to block proposal to tighten immigration rules for potential Medicaid beneficiaries

October 12, 2018

A coalition of 50 House Democrats have introduced a bill that would prevent federal funding from being used to implement a proposed rule that would make it more difficult for non-citizens who are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits to legally enter the United States or become permanent U.S. residents.

Total number of veteran suicides falls—but rate spikes among younger vets, report finds

October 11, 2018

Veteran Affairs' 2016 National Suicide Data Report shows that although the total number of suicides among U.S. veterans decreased from 2015 to 2016, the suicide rate among veterans ages 18 to 34 increased by more than 10%.

Rare, polio-like illness affects 6 children in Minnesota

October 10, 2018

Since mid-September, six children in Minnesota have been hospitalized with acute flaccid myelitis—a polio-like disease that is so rare, the state typically sees less than one case a year.

She had mysterious pain for years—but doctors wouldn't listen to her

October 9, 2018

Lina Kharnak thought she knew what was causing her mysterious pain, but doctors did not listen to her. Years later, she learned her self-diagnosis was right—but the condition was so advanced she now required nine-hour surgery.

Here's where the highest- and lowest-rated VA hospitals are located

October 8, 2018

Veterans Affairs (VA) data show 96 of 146 VA hospitals, or 66%, improved in overall quality in fiscal year (FY) 2018 when compared with FY 2017, though not all of those hospitals achieved higher star-ratings.

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