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March 18, 2011
An estimated 62 million U.S. women are in their childbearing years. Of those, 62% use some kind of contraception. Among those who don't, 31% are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, postpartum, sterile or not sexually active. The other 7% take their chances. Among those using contraceptives, here's what they use: The pill 28% Sterilization 27.1% Condom 16.1% Vasectomy 9.9% IUD 5.5% Withdrawal 5.2% Injectable Depo-Provera 3.2% Vaginal ring 2.4 Rhythm 0.9 Other: 0.6 Statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Guttmacher Institute.
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WORLD
August 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
More than 100 people have died in a remote part of Congo, including all those who attended the funerals of two village chiefs, in what health officials fear is an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever. People began dying of the suspected fever after the funerals in Mweka, a region of southeastern Congo where relatives usually wash the bodies of the deceased, said Jean-Constatin Kanow, chief medical inspector for the province.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1990 | Compiled from Times Wire and Staff Reports
Men who frequently sunbathe nude using ultraviolet lamps substantially increase their risk of developing a rare and potentially fatal genital cancer, according to a new study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study shows that the penis is particularly susceptible to the carcinogenic effects of sunlight, and it advised men who are frequently exposed to ultraviolet radiation in tanning salons, on the beach, or for therapeutic purposes to protect themselves.
SCIENCE
June 5, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
The gap in life expectancy between black and white Americans is smaller than it has ever been, thanks largely to a decline in the number of deaths resulting from heart disease and HIV infection, a new analysis has found. That's the good news. The bad news is that the gap is still large: A black baby boy born today can expect to live 5.4 fewer years, on average, than his white counterpart, and a black baby girl will die 3.7 years earlier, on average, than her white counterpart. What's more, the narrowing of the gap between 2003 and 2008 is due in part to a troubling development among whites: They are more likely than in the past to die from overdoses of powerful prescription medications like OxyContin and Vicodin, along with other unintentional poisonings.
NEWS
June 10, 1998 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fatalities ranged from the oldest man, an 80-year-old who collapsed suddenly in the middle of having sex, to the youngest, a 48-year-old, who experienced chest pains while having sex and later died in a hospital emergency room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1991 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
By successfully treating a little-known disorder that is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy, researchers are gaining valuable insight into an entire class of chronic neurologic conditions, including Parkinson's disease. The disease, known as Segawa's dystonia, may afflict as many as 10,000 people in the United States but often goes unrecognized. Like cerebral palsy, the crippling disorder is marked by tremors and rigidity.
NEWS
April 4, 1991 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Left-handers tend to die, on average, about nine years earlier than right-handers, according to a surprising and controversial new study published today by California and Canadian researchers. In analyzing data on nearly 1,000 deaths in San Bernardino and Riverside counties over a period of several months, two psychologists found that male and female left-handers were much more likely to die as a result of industrial and vehicular accidents, and somewhat more likely to die from other causes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1991 | JANNY SCOTT, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
Women exposed during early pregnancy to heat from a sauna, hot tub, electric blanket or fever face a significantly greater risk of having a baby with a birth defect affecting the brain and spinal cord, researchers reported Thursday. In a study of 22,775 pregnant women, the researchers found that women who had been exposed to heat three or more times in the first two months of pregnancy were six times more likely than other women to carry a fetus with a so-called neural tube defect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Orange County has the third-highest rate of cancer of 10 California regions, according to a special study by the California Department of Health Services. The incidence of cervical cancer among Latinas is especially high in Orange County, breast and skin cancer is more prevalent than expected, and prostate cancer now tops lung cancer as the most frequent cancer affecting Orange County males, according to Hoda Anton-Culver, director of the Orange County Cancer Surveillance Program.
NEWS
August 26, 1991 | BOB BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The public health physician and the brothel-keeper were destined to hook up. Dr. Gary Richwald, a former UCLA professor who directs Los Angeles County's sexually transmitted disease program, had spent much of the last decade studying what he calls "sex industry workers." Russ Reade, a longtime Northern California high school biology and sex-education teacher, had left the classroom in search of riches 10 years ago, buying and managing one of Nevada's most famed houses of legal prostitution.
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