A report by National Center for Health Statistics in the
US has revealed that teen pregnancy rates could start to increase after being
steady for several years.
The government report revealed teen pregnancy rates increased
from 21 births per 1,000 teenage girls in 2005 to 22 per 1,000 in 2006.
"It's only one year. And it might be, to use a very
technical term, a blip in the data," said Edward J. Sondik, PhD, director
of the National Center for Health Statistics. "We feel strongly that it
The report also said
the number of underweight babies in the US also increased to 8.3% in 2006 from
8.2% in 2005. "This trend reflects an increase in the number of infants
born prematurely, the largest category of low-birth-weight infants," said
Duane Alexander, MD, head of the National Institute of Child Health and Human