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Daily Rounds: Old Moms; Caribbean Crackdown; No More C-Sections; Slutty Marrow Recruiters

Massachusetts leads a trend of later-in-life motherhood - The Boston Globe "About 30 percent of babies in Massachusetts are now born to women 35 and older, the highest rate in the country and a striking sign of the societal shift toward having children later in life." (Boston Globe)

New York Medical Schools Fight to End Caribbean Schools’ Path - NYTimes.com "...in a fierce turf battle rooted in the growing pressures on the medical profession and academia, New York State’s 16 medical schools are attacking their foreign competitors. They have begun an aggressive campaign to persuade the State Board of Regents to make it harder, if not impossible, for foreign schools to use New York hospitals as extensions of their own campuses." (The New York Times)

Abbott Recalls Millions Of Glucose Testing Strips Used By Diabetics : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR "FDA and Abbott, the giant health products company, are announcing a recall today of up to 359 million blood testing strips used with several of the company's blood glucose monitoring systems. The problem? The strips may be giving patients a false sense of security by making blood glucose levels look lower than they really are. "(npr.org)

Role of mom's choice in C-section rise questioned | Reuters" A rise in the rate of cesarean deliveries, particularly in middle- and high-income countries, is frequently attributed to women's requests for the procedure. In the U.S., for example, some 4.5 percent of deliveries were by C-section in 1965, whereas in 2007, nearly a third (32.9 percent) of births were by C-section, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers found, however, that considerably fewer women said they would prefer to have a C-section." (Reuters) Hospital stops its recruiting of donors - The Boston Globe "The decision came amid a multistate investigation into the Worcester hospital’s use of models in short skirts and heels in malls and at public events to entice people to be tested for a potential life-saving bone marrow match, and then charging high rates to insurers for testing the DNA samples." (Boston Globe)

This program aired on December 23, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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