A few years can make a life-saving difference for girls who give birth in their teens.
That's according to a United Nations survey showing that girls who give birth before the age of 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth, compared to women who gave birth in their 20s.
The director of UNICEF says 70,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19 die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications every year. The U.N.'s annual children's survey paints a bleak picture of the many health and lifestyle risks of teenage pregnancy. Teen pregnancy is especially common in developing countries.
The study also finds that teen births risk more than the mother's life. If a teen give birth under the age of 18, her baby's risk of dying in its first year is 60 percent greater.
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.