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Decline in U.S. births appears to be leveling off, report finds

After plummeting for the past four years, the falling birth rate in the United States appears to have leveled off, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The number of babies born in 2012 was just less than four million, only a few hundred less than the number born in 2011, the report revealed. Experts say this data suggests that couples are no longer scared about having children because of the economy or other factors.

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FDA tests find very low levels of arsenic in rice

In tests for arsenic in more than 1,300 samples of rice and rice products, the Food and Drug Administration has found levels vary but overall are far too low to cause any immediate or short-term adverse health effects.

The results, out Friday, represent the first time FDA has released broad numbers on arsenic’s presence in rice products. The findings show the highest average levels in brown rice, the lowest in rice wine. The brown rice had 160 parts per billion inorganic arsenic per serving, infant rice cereal 120 and rice wine 11.

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More Americans breathing cleaner air – but not all

While more Americans are breathing cleaner air than in the past, many are living in cities that have worse air quality than a decade ago, Health Day News reported.

A new report from the American Lung Association (ALA) measured ozone and particle levels in the air in nearly 1,000 cities and counties in the United States between 2009 and 2011. Among the 25 most polluted cities in last year’s report, about half had improved, and many displayed the cleanest air levels since the ALA began researching air quality trends in 2000.

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