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  1. U.S. Birthrates Down for Fourth Consecutive YearU.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reports with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. But there may be a silver lining: the decline in 2011 was just 1 percent —not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years."It may be that the effect of the recession is slowly coming to an end," says Carl Haub, a senior demographer with the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization. Most striking in the new report were steep declines in Hispanic birth rates and a new low in teen births. Hispanics have been disproportionately affected by the flagging economy, experts say, and teen birth rates have been falling for 20 years.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2012/10/us-birthrates-down-fourth-consecutive-year

    U.S. Birthrates Down for Fourth Consecutive Year

    U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reports with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. But there may be a silver lining: the decline in 2011 was just 1 percent —not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years.

    "It may be that the effect of the recession is slowly coming to an end," says Carl Haub, a senior demographer with the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization. Most striking in the new report were steep declines in Hispanic birth rates and a new low in teen births. Hispanics have been disproportionately affected by the flagging economy, experts say, and teen birth rates have been falling for 20 years.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2012/10/us-birthrates-down-fourth-consecutive-year