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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Declines in Triplet and Higher-order Multiple Births in the United States, 1988-2014

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics,Women

Explores the recent (since 1998) downturn in triplet and higher-order births by maternal demographic factors.   From the National Center for Health Statistics


Suicide Rates for Females and Males by Race and Ethnicity: United States, 1999 and 2014

Categories: Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics

Finds that the suicide rate in the U.S. was 24% higher in 2014 than in 1999.  Provides information on the frequency and rate of suicide by sex, Hispanic origin, and race.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999-2014

Categories: Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics

Presents an overview of suicide mortality in the United States from 1999 through 2014.  Looks at suicide rates for males and females across all age groups and compares by method of suicide.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Short Interpregnancy Intervals 2014: Differences by Maternal Demographic Characteristics

Categories: Births/Deaths,Education,Health/Medical,Statistics

Examines categories of short interpregnancy intervals by maternal demographic characteristics (including education level) among second and higher-order singleton births in 2014.  Short interpregnancy intervals are associated with adverse birth outcomes such as preterm birth.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

(births/deaths     education     health/medical     statistics)


Changes in Life Expectancy by Race and Hispanic Origin in the United States, 2013-2014

Categories: Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Women

Presents changes in life expectancy by race, Hispanic origin, and sex.  Noted in the news media for its finding that life expectancy for non-Hispanic white females declined by 0.1 years from 81.2 to 81.1.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Counting Casualties in Syria and Iraq: Process and Challenges

Categories: Births/Deaths,Iraq,Syria

Discusses the difficulties of collecting war-related casualty data in both countries and provides an overview of some of the current estimates available from selected organizations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


FDA Approves Folic Acid Fortification of Corn Masa Flour

Categories: Births/Deaths,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Hispanics,Laws/Regulations

Press release on federal approval of fortifying corn flour with 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per pound of corn masa flour.  Folic acid helps prevent birth defects affecting the brain, spine, and spinal cord.  The change is expected to help Hispanics for whom corn masa flour is a staple food.  From the Food and Drug Administration


CDC Concludes Zika Causes Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects

Categories: Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical

Press release which announces conclusion, after review of evidence, that the Zika virus is a cause of severe fetal brain defects including microcephaly.  Unfortunately, the full report, prepared at taxpayer expense, is released in a commercial journal, the New England Journal of Medicine.  The press release provides a brief overview.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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