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US Teen Birth Rate Hits a 70-Year Low — Health Check

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that the teen birth rate in the United States dropped to an all-time low in 2010.

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One Good Thing About the Recession, People Are Smarter Shoppers — Survey of the Day

The recession may have left unemployment rates a mess and killed the housing market, but if you’re looking for a silver lining, here it is: we’re all better shoppers now because of it.

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Shocking Number of Americans Suffer From Hearing Loss — Health Check

Data examined over a seven-year period revealed 48 million Americans — about one in five — aged 12 and older suffer from some form of hearing loss, far exceeding previous estimates of 21 to 29 million people.

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Video Games Might Be Warping Our Minds — Health Check

Is your kid hooked on video games? New research says simple brain-wiring may be to blame.

Brain scans conducted on 154 teenagers who played video games at least nine hours per week found the structure and activity in the part of the brain associated with reward processing was larger than in those who played less often.

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Need More Veggies? Congress Says, ‘Have Some Pizza’ — Health Check

Members of Congress love pizza as much as any of us. So, when the United States Department of Agriculture threatened to take it off public school lunch menus, they did what many of us would have done in their position — they officially declared it a vegetable.

Earlier this year, the USDA proposed new standards that would’ve limited both sodium and potatoes for school lunch lines — moves some conservatives in Congress are fighting.

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New York Is the City Where Americans Would Most and Least Like To Live — Survey of the Day

A new survey has found that New York is the city Americans where they would most and least like to live.

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Women Who Exercise More and Watch Less TV Tend to Be Happier — Health Check

A study of almost 50,000 women over a 14-year period found older women who exercised more and spent less time watching television were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression.

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Trouble Sleeping Could Mean Higher Risk of Heart Attack

If you have trouble falling asleep, you may be at a higher risk of having a heart attack, according to a recent study of people with insomnia.

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US Census Finds Neighborhoods Are Growing More Diverse

According to the 2010 US Census, all-white neighborhoods are vanishing, a statistic driven by the nation’s rising number of Hispanics and Asians, many of whom are immigrants. The result is that many areas are more diverse than at any time in American history.

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Forty-Seven Percent of Americans Own Guns — Survey of the Day

Gun ownership is at an 18-year high, according to a new Gallup poll.

Forty-seven percent of Americans report having a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property, up from 41 percent last year and the most since 1993 when 54 percent reported gun ownership.

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