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The U.S. birthrate fell again in 2018, to 3,788,235 births — representing a 2% drop from 2017. It's the lowest number of births in 32 years, according to a new federal report. The numbers also sank the U.S. fertility rate to a record low.

Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born. And it's an ongoing slump: 2018 was the fourth consecutive year of birth declines, according to the provisional birthrate report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medicine continues to advance on many fronts, yet basic health care fails hundreds of women a year who die during or after pregnancy, especially women of color. Black mothers die at a rate that's 3.3 times greater than whites, and Native American or Alaskan Native women die at a rate 2.5 times greater than whites, according to a report out this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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Tuesday marks the first-ever meeting of the Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus.

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Cancer patients have to think about all aspects, including nutrition. 

Nutrition therapy can be used by doctors and patients to help keep body tissues healthy as well as maintaining healthy body weight and strength.

On our weekly Wellness Wednesday show, we discuss the role nutrition plays in the battle against cancer and the recovery after remission. 

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