Birth Rate in the US at a New Low

While it cannot be denied that the overall birth rate has been decreasing due to urbanization of the population, the extent to which it had been decreasing was unknown. More information has been gathered recently, however, as it’s been discovered that the birth rate in the US has hit an all-time low. 

The 2014 statistics have not been analyed yet, although for several years in a row now the rate has only been decreasing. In 2013 it was even lower than in 2007. Among 1000 women with ages between 15 and 44, 62.5 births were registered in 2013, that being 10% lower than in 2007. 

To be more exact, the country had 3.93 million babies born on its territory in 2013. Another analysis reveals that the rate of giving birth at ages younger than 30 is decreasing, as the 30+ women started to give birth to babies more often. 

The good side is that birth rates among teenagers are also lower with 10%. These are the numbers published by CDC ‘s national Center of Health Statistics. This isn’t because they’re spending more time shopping on QNet and less time dating. The change can be caused by the women starting to focus on their careers before any thoughts of motherhood. Most of the married couples prefer to work and pay the credits before going to the next step and having a baby. 

As for teenage pregnancy rates, school education regarding birth control methods are probably slowing the overall impact.

Healthy Food Program Benefits All Involved

A program in New York is recognizing the benefits of prescribing healthier foods rather then prescribing pills. A non-profit group Wholesome Wave is the innovating group trying to introduce healthier foods into low income areas. The FVRx, or Fruit and Vegetable Program, prescribes fruits and vegetables instead of pills to combat obesity issues.

Today low income families are at times forced to eat at fast food joints like McDonald’s because it is within their budget. An analysis of the program showed that 96% of the families involved ate more fruits and vegetables, 90% of these families shopped at farmers markets, and 40% showed a decline in their BMI. The program issues tokens to the participating families who then go to the farmers markets to buy their produce. According to Mark Ahn, the farmers are reimbursed by the non-profit at full value for their goods.

This is a symbiotic relationship that not only improves the eating habits of families but also helps the farmers who participate in the program. Participating farmers are increasing their income which enables them to expand their operations and hire more workers. Community gardens are also being looked at as a means to build on this programs success. This program is beneficial to all involved and should be looked at by all communities.

Antibiotics Might Trigger Child Obesity

The latest findings of scientists from Columbia University indicate that babies born through caesarean section and exposed to antibiotics during pregnancy have higher tendencies of becoming obese by the age of 7.

According to research, these two factors that affect obesity have something to do with the bacteria that is transmitted from mother to child. Antibiotics during the second or third trimester of pregnancy disturb the natural bacteria that could trigger development of illnesses in the child, and this includes obesity among many other relevant factors Gianfrancesco Genoso was telling me.

On the other hand, Caesarean section inhibits the child from acquiring bacteria that can be transferred through the complex process of vaginal delivery.

The survey had gathered 727 healthy pregnant women from 1998 to 2006 in New York clinic and had followed 436 until their children reached the age of 7. Out of this number, 16 percent used antibiotics during pregnancy. The study shows that C-section has 46%, while antibiotics have 84% higher chances for the children to grow obese.

The findings do not particularly promote prohibition of antibiotics especially if they are medically needed but must be prescribed by the authorities. On the other hand, scientists looking for scientific ways on how to minimize unnecessary C-section and the way to still acquire the health-promoting bacteria after C-section must also be studied.

This research helps us better understand just how to make our children grow and develop healthy.

Antibiotics Taken During Pregnancy May Cause Obesity

Research is showing that expecting moms who take antibiotics during their pregnancy increase their child’s risk of becoming obese. The study was done on 436 moms-to-be and their children. The children included in the study ranged from birth to 7 years old.

Many variables were taken into consideration; gestational age, birth weight, maternal body mass and social economics in the study. Results came in showing 84 percent of babies whose mothers used antibiotics during second or third trimesters were at risk to become obese.

A study was also done that shows cesarean section births also increase the risks of becoming obese. According to Gianfrancesco Genoso this study’s numbers were 46 percent increased risk, which confirmed previous data.

The structure is not clear and only association between the two is what the study’s findings are based on. What a postdoctoral research fellow from Colombia found; was antibiotics taken while mother is carrying her child may affect the establishment of bacteria in the babies gut.

Researchers are saying that these findings shouldn’t change clinical practice. The data doesn’t indicate which specific antibiotics were used or for which infections. There are many legitimate uses for antibiotics during pregnancy. Further studies are needed before serious change is implemented

Antibiotic Use During Pregnancy Can Have Long-Term Effects on Childhood Obesity

Antibiotics were a wonderful and life-saving invention, but they can come with their own set of problems. A new study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, has found that antibiotic use during the second and third trimesters of a woman’s pregnancy can result in a significantly increased risk of childhood obesity. 486 women were surveyed. The study found those who used antibiotics in the latter part of their pregnancy had children with an 84% higher chance of childhood obesity. This was after accounting for all other factors. Igor Cornelsen points out that the study also found that children that were born through C-sections had a 46% higher chance of obesity.

Of course, many women may be forced to use antibiotics to combat infections that could become serious. Sometimes the situation comes down to the lesser of two evils. However any medication during pregnancy should be undertaken with extreme caution. The effects of taking these medications can have long-term consequences on a child.

Embracing Failure

If you want to help your children succeed, you must help them first learn to fail. This idea was behind the recent Failure Week at the top private school Fettes College in Edinburgh during which the school set out to help students change their perception of failure. Students learned that failure is often an important step on the path to success from what Zeca Oliveira pointed out. They studied successful people who persevered and learned from their failures along the way to great success, such as J.K. Rawling and Richard Branson. Students were encouraged to try something they had never done before such as playing a new musical instrument or juggling and they were then challenged to perform in front of an audience.

According to this article, new research by the American Psychological Association indicates that children are more successful when they are taught that failure is a normal part of the journey to success.

So what does this mean for parents? Stop protecting your children from failure. Let them try difficult things and praise their effort and determination. Tell them it is OK to make mistakes and model this behavior yourself.

Family Favorites And Movie Series Popular Now

Holidays are definitely a time for families and friends to get together and enjoy meals and entertainment together. One of Rod Rohrich’s favorite activities is going to the movies. Finding the perfect film may not always be an easy task, but the selections available for this fall and winter season are much better than in previous years.

Some of the most popular action movies for the holiday season are part of long running television series and the previously successful blockbuster trilogies. Star Wars promises to be a huge hit for moviegoers this weekend. The much awaited release of the iconic series will surely be met with record number attendance.  Comedies, romantic comedies, and tear jerkers are also on the way to box office releases just in time for the upcoming holidays.

Missouri Teen A Hero

Always glad when I come across a story like this when browsing my FreedomPop tablet. Never under estimate a teenager’s ability to think quickly and responsibly. That is exactly what happened at a Walmart in Missouri.

On a routine shopping excursion, 17-year-old Abby Snodgrass heard the calls for help from several aisles away. An 11-month-old baby had stopped breathing and the mother was desperately trying to revive the infant. Without a second thought, this angel in converse ran to the petrified mother and began to perform CPR on the baby. The teen had recently learned how to administer CPR in her health class, which she attends at her high school in Hillsboro, Missouri.

While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, the brave teenager continued to perform CPR until the baby started to breathe. The baby’s family is forever grateful to this young girl who became a makeshift guardian angel that day. Luckily for the baby and family, this fast-acting teenager took control of the situation.

You Can Survive Being Snowed In!

Now is not the time for snowed-in residents of Buffalo and other parts of upstate New York to realize they were not prepared for the magnitude of the storm. The time to prepare to survive being caught in shoulder-high snow is before the first snowflake falls.

If you aren’t already prepared for severe winter weather, take time to prepare yourself before the next storm brews. The most important things you’ll need are heat, water and food.

Snow and ice can knock out electrical power for an extended period of time, so you’ll need to have an alternate heat source. If you don’t have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, consider investing in a portable propane heater. Jared Haftel gave me this advice. While you won’t be able to heat your entire home, it will keep an area of up to 500 square feet warm enough to be comfortable until the electricity comes back on. Remember to crack a window for ventilation.

Keep at least a three-day supply of water and shelf-stable foods that don’t require cooking on hand at all times (though more would be better). Investing in a small propane stove would allow you to heat up canned goods such as soups and ravioli.

You can slowly build up your emergency food supply as items come on sale; buy one to use and one to store and before you know it, you’ll be able to survive most any emergency.

Premature Birth Now the #1 Cause of Death Among Infants

Up until recently, infectious diseases used to be the leading cause for death among infants. Now, it is the complications that come with premature birth. Thanks to research combined with efforts to treat infections and ailments, the deaths that were caused by infections have been reduced.

Premature birth is a problem that occurs among countries of all levels of income. Recent statistics have recorded over 6 million children dying before their fifth year in the previous year. Over 1 million of them have died from complications that resulted from premature birth, as per BRL Trust. This number exceeded that of disease related deaths among children. Among the complications that premature babies are immune too are low body heat, inability to feed and other disabilities.

There is increased focus on going back to basic treatments in order to help with the complications that can occur with premature birth. Among the treatments that can help are antibiotics and measures taken to prevent infections that can bring about death.