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A Startling Number Of Episiotomies Are Still Being Done Despite Guidance That They Do More Harm Than Good

The procedure involves a doctor making an incision at the vaginal opening during labor. Despite established guidance of more than a decade that they should only be performed in emergencies, a USA Today analysis of hospital billing data finds dozens of hospitals in eight states with episiotomy rates of 20% or higher --...

Glimmer Of Hope Seen In Kids’ Decreasing Cholesterol Levels, But Mixed Bag Results Shows Stubbornness Of Obesity Crisis

About 1 in 4 teens and 1 in 5 younger children had unhealthy levels of at least one of type of blood fat, but the levels are improving from previous years. In other diet and health news: eggs and stroke risk, breakfast, and Weight Watchers for teachers. The Associated Press: Cholesterol Improves In US...

State Highlights: Atlanta Considers Ban On Smoking In Public Places; Doctor Shortages In Rural Areas Impede Patients’ Access To Care

Media outlets report on news from Georgia, California, Washington, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Maryland, Minnesota, Florida and Alabama. Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta To Take Aim At E-Cigarettes, Smoking In Public PlacesWhether it’s cigarette smoke or e-cigarette vapors, the majority of the states in the U.S. have banned it in public, passing smoke-free air laws. Georgia...

Costs Will Most Likely Take Center Stage At Second Hearing For ‘Medicare For All’

For the next congressional hearing on single-payer plans, the House Budget Committee has only summoned CBO analysts to testify. Modern Healthcare: 5 Things To Look For In Second House Medicare For All HearingMedicare for All is back in Congress for a second committee hearing just two weeks after lawmakers on the House Rules Committee...

‘Clean Water Flows Toward Power And Money’: Why More Than One Million Californians Are Exposed To Unsafe Water Every Year

The New York Times examines the slow-motion public health crisis that's particularly concentrated in small towns and unincorporated communities in the Central and Salinas Valleys, the key centers of California agriculture. In other environmental health news: pesticides, air pollution, and drinking water contamination. The New York Times: They Grow The Nation’s Food, But They...