News Roundup 11/24/06

U.S. Teenage Bithrate Drops to Record Low: The birth rate for teenagers declined 2 percent in 2005, falling to 40.4 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 years, a 35-percent drop compared with the most recent peak in 1991 (61.8), and the lowest ever recorded in the 65 years for which a consistent series of rates is available. The decline was concentrated among teenagers aged 15-17 years, for whom the birth rate fell 3 percent, to 21.4 births per 1,000, another record low for the Nation. The rate for this age group has dropped 45 percent since 1991.

Memory Improves With HRT According to a new study, (The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism) women in the early years of menopause were more apt to succesfully complete tasks involving visual memory when on hormone replacement treatment.

Canada pledges $260 Million against Cancer– Prime Minister Stephen Harper revealed plans for a major anti-cancer initiative. The five-year plan is to have three aims: preventing the disease, finding new treatments and improving care for patients regardless of where they live in Canada.