Breastfeeding rates continue to rise, according to a 2012 study, with increases of about 2 percentage points in breastfeeding initiation, as well as breastfeeding at 6 and 12 months. Breastfeeding initiation increased from 74.6 percent in 2008 to 76.9 percent in 2009 births.
-- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the No. 1 reason for liver transplants in America. At particular risk is the growing population of baby boomers — adults born between 1945 and 1965 — accounting for more than 75 percent of hepatitis C cases. Boomers are five times more likely to be infected than those in other age groups.
A new study indicates a full moon may disrupt our sleep schedule. The full moon was associated with a reduced average sleep time of 20 minutes in study participants, according to the journal Current Biology. The study wasn’t extensive enough to discover why sleep time was affected, but scientists speculate it could be that the human brain has an internal clock that may somehow be synched with the lunar cycle.