Rates of Caesarean section deliveries in the United States climbed to 34 percent in 2009, hitting an all time high, a new study says.Florida, New Jersey and Texas had the highest rates, while Utah, Wisconsin and Colorado had the lowest of the 19 states included in the study."Obviously, a 34 percent C-section rate is far too high," said Jacqueline Wolf, a researcher at Ohio University who wasn't involved in the study. "Medical reasons alone cannot possibly explain why more than one in three American women need major abdominal surgery in order to safely give birth."A C?section (caesarean section) is necessary to remove the baby from the uterus when a vaginal delivery could risk the health of the mother or the baby, or when a prior C?section makes vaginal delivery difficult or dangerous."In many cases of C?section in recent years, the benefits may be questionable and important healthcare organizations, including the Joint Commission and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, have … [Read more...] about Caesarean Section Rates Hit All-Time High, Study Shows
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In a nutshell: Industry research firm NPD Group has released its report on video game spending for the month of October, and it’s good news for The Outer Worlds. Obsidian’s RPG was the second best-selling game in US last month, beaten only by the latest entry in the always popular Call of Duty series. Publisher Take-Two Interactive last week said that The Outer Worlds was “exceeding expectations,” which is reflected in the report. Total US video game sales for the month were $1.03 billion. That’s down 34 percent compared to the same month last year, but there are couple of reasons for that: Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops IV, which launched early in the October 2018. Modern Warfare launched on October 25 and is already the best-selling game of the year to date. This marks the 12th consecutive year a Call of Duty game has been the best-selling title of its release month. Despite the YoY decline, last month’s software sales were the … [Read more...] about NPD October report: Outer Worlds performing well, Call of Duty best-selling game of year so far
The world is becoming more religious, as the number of agnostics and others who don't affiliate with a certain religion shrinks as a percentage of the global population.By 2050, just 13 percent of people in the world will say they are unaffiliated, compared with 16 percent who said the same in 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.The United States is an exception, where more Americans are expected to flee organized religion. [8 Ways Religion Impacts Your Life]Religious risersNumbers for all of the world's major religions, except Buddhism, are expected to rise as the population does the same.Islam will grow faster than any other major religion, and at a higher rate than the world population balloons, the survey found. In fact, Muslims are projected to increase by 73 percent between 2010 and 2050. If current trends hold, Christianity will also grow, albeit at a slower rate, increasing by 35 percent by 2050. That is about the same rate as the world's population overall is … [Read more...] about World Will Get More Religious by 2050
People's risk of developing heart disease depends on biological factors, such as their age and gender, but it also tends to vary based on where they live. Now, a new study has estimated the risk of heart disease for people in each U.S. state.Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at medical data of nearly 300,000 people ages 30 to 74, to estimate people's risk of developing heart disease over the next 10 years. The risk was calculated by looking at a number of risk factors, including high blood pressure and cholesterol, smoking habits, obesity and low consumption of fruits and vegetables.The results showed a remarkable variation across states. People with a higher heart disease risk tended to live in the Southeastern states, and people with a lower risk tended to live in Northwestern states. [See a map of the U.S. with heart disease risk for each state]Nationally, the researchers' calculations predicted that 14.6 percent of men and 7.5 percent of women … [Read more...] about Where Is Heart Disease Risk the Highest and Lowest? (Maps)
Seeing a stranger's tissue dripping with yellow snot might make you squirm, but this image doesn't even crack the top three on the gross scale. People universally find other images much more disgusting.To determine just what is the grossest sight, Valerie Curtis, the Director of the Hygiene Center at the London School of Hygiene & and Tropical Medicine devised a truly gruesome experiment. Curtis and a team of researchers presented 20 images of things perceived as repulsive to more than 80,000 individuals from 172 countries in a Web-based survey [take the disgust questionnaire for yourself here]. The images included photos of skin abrasions, bugs such as wasps, lice and worms, and a soup bowl full of what looked like a bodily fluid . (Along with the images were a few blank white pages as controls.)[CLICK HERE FOR IMAGES: The most disgusting images in the world are too gross to spring on you without warning. Follow this link if you think you can stomach them.]Participants were asked … [Read more...] about What’s the Most Disgusting Thing in the World?