Increased contraceptive use has led to fewer abortions worldwide. But unsafe abortions kill 70,000 women a year. Those are the findings of a major global survey compiled by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights.
The report says more than half the deaths, about 38,000, are in sub-Saharan Africa. That region was singled out for having by far the lowest rates of contraceptive use and the highest rates of unintended pregnancies.
The report was three years in the making. Researchers examined data from individual countries and multinational organizations. The report calls for further easing of developing nations' abortion laws, a stand criticized by abortion opponents.
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.
Stress, the slowing of metabolism of middle age, and hormone changes after having a baby are three main reasons why many people see the numbers on the scale going up. Dr. Mehmet Oz shares tips on how to shed those final 10 pounds.