It could just be a statistical blip, but a new federal report says Mississippi is now the state with the nation's highest teen pregnancy rate.
Mississippi's rate was more than 60 percent higher than the national average in 2006. That pushes it past Texas and New Mexico. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the teen pregnancy rates in those states remained high -- more than 50 percent above the national average.
The lowest teen birth rate is in New Hampshire.
Overall in 2006, teen pregnancy increased, a statistic some experts blame on abstinence-only health education that does not teach teens how to use condoms and other contraception. However, some conservative organizations argue contraceptive-focused sex education remains common, and the new teen birth numbers suggest it's failing.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.