(CBS)- Fewer pregnant women are being induced to deliver early. New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the rate of labor inductions has declined the last two years. That follows nearly 2 decades of increases. The report suggests doctors may no longer be inclined to deliver between weeks 35 and 38, because studies show infants born during these weeks don't do as well as those delivered later in pregnancy. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (CBS)- New research shows a link between low levels of vitamin d and higher risk of death from all causes, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. The main source of vitamin d is sunshine. Researchers in Germany found vitamin d deficiency is especially common among the elderly who often have less exposure to the sun. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
(CBS)- People who live in neighborhoods that are conducive to walking are 13 percent less likely to develop diabetes than people who live in places that have more "sprawl." Researchers in Canada also found during a 10-year period, obesity fell by 9 percent in more walk-able neighborhoods, while it rose 13 percent in neighborhoods where people are more dependent on their cars.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (CNN)- Stroke continues to be a leading cause of long-term disability in the US. It is also the fourth leading cause of death. One of the main risk factors for stroke is atrial fibrillation. Irregular heart rhythm is called atrial fibrillation or afib and more than two million Americans have it. Many people try blood thinners but some choose to have their heart shocked back into rhythm. The procedure is called an advanced ablation. There are other treatments for afib. Check with your doctor if you have trouble sleeping, have a rapid heart beat, and are abnormally tired.