The nation’s birth rate declined in 2013 for the sixth consecutive year, according to a federal study. Locally, the decrease in number of births has been less noticeable. According to the California Department of Public Health, in 2013, Merced County residents gave birth to 4,161 babies. This is only a slight decrease from the 4,311 babies born to county residents in 2012.
Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff.
Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.
Cambodia's prime minister appealed Thursday to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 1,300 former players against the NFL, writing that the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union was the appropriate forum to resolve claims that teams damaged the players' by routinely dispensing painkillers.
If you're among the hundreds of thousands of U.S. couples trying to get pregnant this season - and December is the most popular month for baby-making - experts say there are some lifestyle choices that could improve your odds.
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - Nansea Gratz pulled off her fleece beanie, the kind with little ears, revealing wisps of gray hair on an otherwise bald head. She removed her fuzzy pink socks and asked an attentive massage therapist to touch her feet, because the peripheral nerves there were damaged and weak.
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