Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Birth Control Pill Affects Women's Preferences in Men: Study
Women who were using birth control pills when they met a man
were more likely to stay in that relationship than those using
others forms of contraception, a new study says.
But it also found that the partners of the women who weren't
taking the Pill tended to be more handsome and better in bed,
The Czech and Scottish researchers' study of 2,500 women was
published online Wednesday by the journal
Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
The Pill evens out menstrual cycle-related hormonal variations
that affect how women judge men as potential mates, the researchers
During ovulation, women are typically attracted to more
masculine men because they're likely to be better breeders. But the
Pill's smoothing effect on hormone variations makes women more
likely to accept an average-looking guy who is a good provider,
CooperVision Issues New Contact Lens Recall Announcement
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's pressure on CooperVision
has pushed the California-based company to boost efforts to
publicize a recall of 600,000 contact lenses linked to red eye,
pain and blurred vision.
Coopervision issued its second announcement in two months about
the recall of Avaira Toric contact lenses, which contain a residue
caused by a manufacturing problem, the
Associated Press reported.
The first recall was announced by the company on Aug. 19 and
focused on more than 7,000 eye care professionals who sell the
But the FDA said Tuesday that CooperVision needed to make a
larger effort to alert consumers about the recalled contact lenses.
If the company didn't do it, the FDA said it would issue a public
Late Wednesday, an FDA spokeswoman said the agency is reviewing
CooperVision's latest recall announcement to determine if it's
U.S. Birth Rate Fell During Recession
There was a steep drop in the U.S. birth rate during the
recession, a new study finds.
The analysis of preliminary data from 2010 showed that birth
rates fell to 64.7 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, compared
with 69.6 per 1,000 in 2007,
The New York Times reported.
Only two states -- North Dakota and Maine -- showed slight
increases in their birth rates from 2008 to 2009. Birth rates
declined in all other states and the sharpest drop was a 7.2
percent decrease in Arizona, according to the Pew Research Center
Birth rate decreases from 2008 to 2009 were 5.9 percent among
Hispanic women, 2.4 percent among black women and 1.6 percent among
The Times reported.
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