Teen pregnancies increase in U.S.

July 11, 2008 2:48:14 PM PDT
Teen pregnancies are up in the U.S. for the first time in 15 years, according to a report card from the federal government on the well-being of the nation's children. This new report from the National Institutes of Health does not address why teen pregnancies went up from 2005 to 2006. Federal health officials say there is not enough data to determine whether this is a trend.

Doctors say there is not only a concern for the health of the young mothers but the babies who are more likely to have a low-birth rate.

On the plus side, the report shows a drop in childhood deaths from injuries and that smoking rates have declined among some middle school students.

Also, 4th and 8th graders scored higher on math and reading tests.


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