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January 13, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A new study concludes that the MTV show "16 and Pregnant" reduced teenage births by nearly 6% in the year and a half after the show started airing, countering concerns that the popular show has glamorized teen motherhood. Teen motherhood has plummeted over the last two decades, hitting a record low last year. Advocacy groups believe sex education and the economic downturn have helped bring down the numbers, but researchers had yet to examine whether pop culture was also steering teens away from parenthood.
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BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Even with 1.2 million people enrolled by Monday's deadline, California's health exchange isn't done adding to the Obamacare rolls - and it won't be for quite some time. In the months to come, it's estimated that several hundred thousand more Californians could qualify for a special enrollment period as college students graduate, families move and workers change jobs. But health insurers say the state's current rules for late sign-ups rely too much on the honor system and invite abuse by people waiting until they get sick.
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SCIENCE
March 4, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
American women - especially white women - are increasingly choosing to have their babies at home instead of in a hospital, new government data show. One out of every 49 babies born to non-Latino white mothers in 2012 came into the world outside of a hospital, according to a report published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About two-thirds of those births occurred at home. Mothers of all racial and ethnic backgrounds gave birth to 35,184 babies at home in 2012.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2014 | By Kevin Amerman
Just weeks after a plea for her birth mother to step forward blazed through media outlets across the globe, Katheryn Deprill stood just one room away from the woman who abandoned her as a newborn 27 years ago in a Burger King bathroom. As she got ready to meet with her birth mother, Deprill entered the lawyer's conference room with a lifetime of questions. Why did she leave me? What does she look like? But before the answers even started, Deprill got something else.
HEALTH
August 8, 2005 | Emily Singer, Special to The Times
STARTING out life as a night owl could have serious consequences. New research shows that babies born at night are more likely to die during their first month than babies born during the day. Researchers are unsure why night births carry a greater risk, but they say that differences in hospital staffing could play a role. "The healthcare system needs to take a careful look at this," says William Benitz, a neonatologist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, who was not involved in the research.
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Talk about a Christmas news peg; try this headline: “1 in 200 mothers reports a 'virgin' birth, study finds.” Now, full disclosure, the study was actually published on Dec. 17. But some folks, like me, are just getting around to writing about it because, well, it fits in with the holidays in a shameless and somewhat tasteless way. (A little insight into the secret world of the so-called journalism profession: This is sometimes called “saving string.”...
NATIONAL
April 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Sarah Palin gave birth in Juneau to her fifth child, a boy, about a month before her due date. Trig Paxson Van Palin weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces. A statement from Palin's office said the 44-year-old governor and the baby were doing well and resting comfortably.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
Detroit health officials said last week that they are seeing a growing number of pregnant women, both poor and affluent, who are taking cocaine during labor to speed delivery. They said the practice, which is said to be spreading across the United States, endangers both the baby and the mother. "I think it would be more important to publicize the dangers rather than the benefits because it is so highly dangerous that I can see no benefits whatsoever," said Dr.
NEWS
July 29, 1992 | KAREN E. KLEIN
"You may find that labor hurts more than you thought it would. Try to relax and breathe slowly." So begins an article on giving birth in "Baby on the Way: Basics," a magazine that delivers information on pregnancy and infant care to the 1 million pregnant women in the United States who are functionally illiterate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1991 | LANIE JONES
Hospital administrator Timothy Carda pointed to brightly colored architectural plans for a new obstetrics wing. "It's not the Ritz-Carlton. It's more like the Holiday Inn," admitted Carda, executive director of Western Medical Center-Anaheim. Still, when 14 homey, simply furnished labor-delivery-recovery rooms open in early 1992, it will be a major step for the hospital--and for Orange County.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS - Paul Menard wasn't sure if he would even race Sunday, but the NASCAR driver had one of his better finishes in recent years. Menard finished third Sunday in the Kobalt 400 after leading six laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At one point he passed four-time Las Vegas winner Jimmie Johnson for the lead. "Just had a really solid car all day and all weekend," said Menard, who drives the No. 27 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and has one career Sprint Cup Series win, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2011.
SCIENCE
March 4, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
American women - especially white women - are increasingly choosing to have their babies at home instead of in a hospital, new government data show. One out of every 49 babies born to non-Latino white mothers in 2012 came into the world outside of a hospital, according to a report published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About two-thirds of those births occurred at home. Mothers of all racial and ethnic backgrounds gave birth to 35,184 babies at home in 2012.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
NBA legend Michael Jordan and his wife Yvette are the parents of identical twin girls, it was announced Tuesday. "Yvette Jordan and the babies are doing well and the family is overjoyed at their arrival," spokeswoman Estee Portnoy told the Associated Press. The couple were married in April. Jordan, 50, has two sons and a daughter from his first marriage. The twins are the first children for Yvette Jordan. ALSO: UCLA basketball: Norman Powell has Colorado coach concerned Michael Sam gets plenty of public support after announcing he's gay Richard Petty: Danica Patrick can win "if everybody else stayed home"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Leave it to the brilliant Malcolm Potts to explain why the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Colorado nuns who recently won an interim U.S. Supreme Court victory , are hurting themselves, not just their female employees, by claiming that they should be exempt from offering contraceptive coverage with their healthcare benefits. Potts, a UC Berkeley public health professor who is an obstetrician and embryologist, is a celebrity in international reproductive health circles. For decades he has pioneered advances in women's reproductive health, particularly in the developing world.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan
"Like Father, Like Son" is a deceptively simple title for a film of considerable emotional complexity. Its children-switched-at-birth story sounds schematic, but what we see on screen is both meaningful and moving. Those familiar with the work of writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda will not be surprised. One of Japan's most respected filmmakers (his earlier films include "After Life" and "Still Walking"), he brings a gentleness and delicacy of touch to his work as well as an exceptional gift for working with children.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Neiman Marcus Group offered more details Thursday about the data breach it disclosed late last week, saying that although credit and debit card information was stolen, customers' social security numbers and birth dates were not. And because the company doesn't use PIN pads in its stores, the identifying numbers that are usually punched into the machines appear to be safe, Neiman Marcus said. And, as of Wednesday, the company said accounts linked to its Neiman Marcus card aren't showing signs of fraudulent activity.
SCIENCE
October 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More girls than boys are born in some Canadian communities because airborne pollutants, called dioxins, can alter normal sex ratios, even if the source of the pollution is many miles away, according to a study published this month in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Normally, 51% of births are boys and 49% are girls.
SCIENCE
May 24, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two lynxes have been born in the Colorado wilderness, the first confirmed offspring in a 4-year-old program aimed at reintroducing the cats to the state's southwestern mountains. A lynx released in 2000 gave birth in the San Juan Mountains, said a spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Biologists found the female and two kittens in a remote den at 11,000 feet on Wednesday.
SCIENCE
January 13, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A new study concludes that the MTV show "16 and Pregnant" reduced teenage births by nearly 6% in the year and a half after the show started airing, countering concerns that the popular show has glamorized teen motherhood. Teen motherhood has plummeted over the last two decades, hitting a record low last year. Advocacy groups believe sex education and the economic downturn have helped bring down the numbers, but researchers had yet to examine whether pop culture was also steering teens away from parenthood.
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