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January 13, 2014 | 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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April 22, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Among the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act, few are as controversial as the one requiring health insurance providers to include coverage for contraception. A new survey finds that support for this rule is widespread, with 69% of Americans in favor of the mandate. Among 2,124 adults surveyed in November 2013, 1,452 agreed that “health plans in the United States should be required to include coverage” for “birth control medications,” according to a research letter published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
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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.
TRAVEL
April 18, 2014 | By Michele Bigley
MAKAWAO, Maui - "Don't ask for anything while you are in this canyon," Sydney Smith, my guide and a longtime Hawaii resident, said as we balanced precariously on rocks, descending deep into Maliko Gulch. "A film crew was once here, set up a tripod, lights, models and was just about to take photos, when the photographer said, 'Now we just need some wind.' A powerful gust came whooshing through the valley, knocking down the tripods and light reflectors. And then like that" - she snapped her fingers - "the wind vanished.
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
April 18, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Someday, Ryan Getzlaf will explain to his daughter Willa why he looked like Frankenstein's monster in photos taken the day she was born, his chin and cheek zippered with stitches and a purple bruise blossoming on the left side of his face. Getzlaf, who scored the Ducks' first goal in their 3-2 playoff victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night at Honda Center, probably will say the whole thing was no big deal. Daddy took a puck in the face and it hurt for a while but he was there when she was born.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a law guaranteeing access to birth control and sex education in a country that has high maternal mortality and ranks 53rd worldwide in total fertility rate.  Implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, also known as the RH Law, had been on hold for the last year following challenges to it by the Roman Catholic Church and conservative politicians who questioned the...
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.
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.
SCIENCE
March 27, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Brain tissue samples from children with autism look markedly different than the brain tissue of other kids, researchers say. The physiological differences could explain many of the well-known symptoms of autism spectrum disorders, and they suggest that the developmental problems that lead to autism begin before birth. A group of scientists from around the country obtained frozen cubes of brain tissue from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center . The cubes, measuring one or two cubic centimeters, were taken from children ages 2 to 15 who had died.
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1994
It is amusing to note that with all the hue and cry about the 59-year-old woman giving birth to twins (Dec. 28), resulting in calls to limit the use of "enhanced fertility technology" to women of appropriate childbearing age, no one has thought to, in parallel, require vasectomies on all men over the same appropriate childbearing age. SHELLA A. FUHRMAN San Diego
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"
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