Delayed pushing appears to have no effect on chances for spontaneous vaginal delivery

Washington, DC - Delaying pushing during the second stage of labor - when the cervix is fully dilated at 10 centimeters - is a common practice at many U.S. hospitals, but it may have no effect on whether pregnant women deliver spontaneously (without a cesarean section or other intervention), according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

Washington, DC - It’s time to get your flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone get their flu vaccine now as influenza often increases at this time of year. In addition, the American Red Cross has steps people can take to help prevent the spread of the flu.

New Medicare Cards Coming to Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona - Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Thursday alongside a top Medicare official, and a representative from Senior Medicare Patrol, discussed new Medicare cards currently in the mail to more than 1.3 million Arizonans. The new cards will no longer utilize a person’s Social Security Number to cut down on identity fraud.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help

Atlanta, Georgia - As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, the American Cancer Society says remarkable progress against the disease should not obscure the significant challenges remaining.

Body support device helps people learn to walk again after a stroke, trauma

West Lafayette, Indiana - A Purdue University researcher with a passion to use engineering technology to improve health care has created a weight support system to help people suffering from walking disabilities after a stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, and it is the leading cause of disability in older adults.