Cesarean Births Leveling Off

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Story Updated: Jul 17, 2013

 After 12 straight years of increases, the rate of Cesarean deliveries in the United States has leveled off.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 31 percent of single births between 2009 and 2011 were C-sections. Health officials have been trying to reduce the number of elective Cesareans for years.
 
C-sections require a longer recovery period for mothers and cost more than traditional child birth.
 
 
Treating Sinus Infections
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines to diagnose and treat bacterial sinus infections in children.
 
The group says doctors can make a diagnosis when the child has an upper-respiratory infection lasting more than 10 days or if symptoms like fever and green nasal discharge come on suddenly and last at least three days.
 
While previous guidelines recommended antibiotics for all children diagnosed, the new guidelines allow doctors to observe some children for a few more days before prescribing medication.
 
Children whose symptoms come on suddenly or get worse should receive antibiotics.
 
 
Fish Can Lower Cancer Risk
 
Eating certain fish may lower a woman's risk of breast cancer.
 
Research in the British Medical Journal says the benefits come from eating between one and two portions per week of oily fish, such as salmon tuna or sardines.
 
The study says a high intake of fatty acids in those fish is associated with a 14 percent reduction in the risk of breast cancer later in life.

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