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Aug 31, 2011, 5 p.m.

Global study finds newborns struggle to survive

LONDON (Reuters) - Fewer newborn babies are dying worldwide, but progress is too slow and Africa is being left behind, said a global study led by the World Health Organization (WHO). While investment over the last decade in health care for women and children has paid off in rapid declines in maternal death rates and deaths of children under five, improvement in the survival of babies in their first four weeks of life has been slower.

Child brides have more mental illness

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Child brides more often face psychiatric disorders than women who marry after they turn 18, researchers have found. Their work is the first to try to gauge the mental toll of child marriage, which has already been tied to several health problems, such as pregnancy complications and an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections.

Acupuncture for PCOS no better than fake treatment

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study of women with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, there was no difference in ovulation or hormone levels in those who got real versus sham acupuncture treatments. Women in both groups saw an improvement in hormones related to pregnancy and ovulation, and tended to have more periods after going to the study sessions than before.

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