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4 Your Health: Birth rates lowest in U.S. in 32 years

New government data shows there were roughly 3.7 million births in 2018. According to the Centers For Disease Control, that is the lowest total in 32 years.

This year’s total is down two percent from last year. The number of teen births continued to decline dropping another seven percent last year. C-section deliveries also decreased after a brief uptick in 2017.

However, pre-term births increased for the fourth year in a row.

Warning for thyroid patients

A panel of experts is advising against hormone treatment for adults with a mild thyroid problems.

Doctors from around the world studied over 2,000 patients with a slightly underactive thyroid gland. They found hormone treatment did not improve quality of life or symptoms like low mood and fatigue.

The recommendation does not apply to women who are trying to become pregnant.

Supplement helps prevent heart disease

Early research suggests Glucosamine supplements may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Glucosamine is typically used to relieve osteoarthritis and joint pain. But a Tulane University study found people who took the supplements were nine to 22 percent less likely to develop heart disease than those who did not take them.

Researchers said clinical trials are needed to confirm these results.

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney is cohost of Tucson Today, 5-7 am, Monday through Friday.
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