Decline in teenage pregnancy due to use of contraceptives, study suggests

The New York Times (9/1, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent health found the “sharp decline in American teenage pregnancy and birthrates in recent years was driven exclusively by the use of contraceptives.” The study of a “nationally representative sample of more than 3,000 women ages 15 to 19” in 2007, 2009 and 2012 concluded “that sexual activity in the last three months of each time period did not vary — about one-third of the young women had had sex during that time.” However, the “percentage of teenagers who reported using contraception increased to 86 percent from 78 percent, and the share using more than one method increased to 37 percent from 26 percent.” Laura Lindberg, a research scientist with the Guttmacher Institute, said, “The long-term decline in teen pregnancy and teen births has been brought about by teenagers making considered and responsible decisions.”

Unity Day – Wear Orange!

Unity Day is Wednesday, October 19. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center Site exit disclaimer started Unity Day in 2011. The purpose of Unity Day Site exit disclaimer is to demonstrate that we are together against bullying. We are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion of all students.

Get involved! Wear and share the color ORANGE on Unity Day! Join in sending one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity so that all students feel safe and supported.

Falls the leading cause of injury among older adults, CDC says

The CBS News (9/22, Marcus) website reports that “falls are the number one cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults over 65,” researchers concluded in a report published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report found that “in 2014, older Americans fell 29 million times, leading to seven million injuries” that sometimes landed people in the emergency department. Unfortunately, “more than 27,000 falls led to death.” In a press statement, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said, “Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence.” Dr. Frieden went on to emphasize that falls can be prevented.


US Fares Poorly on Youth Fitness

US fares poorly on youth fitness

The US ranked 47th in a 50-country comparison of physical fitness levels among children ages 9 to 17, according to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Data showed that countries with higher income inequality were more likely to have less physically fit youths, with Tanzania, Iceland, Estonia, Norway and Japan having the most fit children and Mexico having the least fit.

United Press International (9/22)