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.
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.