Fewer teenagers gave birth in 2016 than at any time in our nation’s history, at least as far back as the CDC has been calculating it. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the birth rate of females under the age of 19 is now at 2.3%, which is a record low. The rate has continued to also trend down, and the birth rate decreased 9% from 2015. This decrease will put much less strain on those financial aid programs that help pregnant women, which is great news.
Access to health care continues to be a major challenge in the United States. While there has been some progress made over the last few years (mostly due to expanded Medicaid as well as the Affordable Care Act), the country has recently taken a step back. The percentage of the population that is uninsured has been trending up since January 1, 2017, and since the start of the year over 2 million people no longer have health insurance.
High speed internet access, such as cable, fiber, or even DSL, is often critical to education as well as employment. Even though service is very important to people no matter where they live, the rural population is falling way behind in this access when compared to people that live in cities or the suburbs. In fact there is about a 35% difference between these too regions.
A recent study showed that higher levels of leisure time physical activity were associated with lower risks for 13 (!) types of cancers. This data was according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. This means that having a little activity in your life can help reduce the risk, and associated costs, involved with a cancer diagnosis.
While there are always new scams being created, here are some of what the various consumer watchdogs expect may be the most common in 2017. While the list below may be some of the more common ones, you need to be aware of these as well as many others. As the fact is that both individuals as well as companies are always devising new ways to rip you off. But you can fight back, and find how to identify scams.