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5 studies you may have missed
December 6th, 2013
12:51 PM ET

5 studies you may have missed

Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation – so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.

We’re ‘woefully unprepared’ for dementia
Report released by Alzheimer’s Disease International

More than 130 million people worldwide will have dementia by 2050, according to a report released ahead of the G8 Dementia Summit being held in London next week. And the majority of those people will live in low- and middle-income countries.

“The absence of dementia public policy renders governments woefully unprepared for the dementia epidemic,” write the authors of the report. “There is an urgent need for a collaborative, global action plan for governments, industry and non-profit organisations.”

The advocates say research on the debilitating disease needs to be made a global priority.

Read more from TIME.com

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U.S. women having fewer children
December 6th, 2013
12:01 AM ET

U.S. women having fewer children

New numbers out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that fewer women in the United States are having children.

Between 2000 and 2009, pregnancy rates for U.S. women fell by 12%, or nearly 6.4 million pregnancies. The pregnancy rate is the lowest it has been in 12 years.

In fact, the rates for teenage pregnancy reached historic lows in 2009, for all three major race groups: non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanic teenagers. In 2009, there were 39% fewer teen pregnancies than the 1991 peak rate of 61.8 teen pregnancies for every 1,000 teens.

"Research suggests that more teens are delaying initiating sex, waiting longer to have sex," said Rachel Jones, a senior research associate with the Guttmacher Institute, who was not associated with the study.
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