By LAURAN NEERGAARD
WASHINGTON (AP) -
Most of the world's children survive their fifth birthday, but still 6.3 million died last year, most from preventable causes, said the United Nations agency for children. This represents about 17,000 young children died daily. Although the death rate has halved since 1990, the world is still far from meeting the target of reducing by two thirds the figure for next year, said UNICEF report.
NEW YORK (AP)-
Twelve states now have cases of severe respiratory illness caused by a rare virus, enterovirus 68, health officials said. Staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania together have 130 laboratory-confirmed cases. All patients are children. The virus can cause mild to severe illness, and in severe cases it is necessary to put the patient on a ventilator. Children with asthma are especially vulnerable. None reported deaths. The strain of the virus is not new, but only a small number of labs can detect. Since mid-August there has been an unusual increase in the number of identified cases. CDC has analyzed more than 200 samples from more than 30 states.
By LINDSEY TANNER-CHICAGO (AP) -
The number of Americans with big bulging bellies, the most dangerous kind of obesity - has increased at an alarming rate in the last decade, warned a government study. It is known that men and women fat has mainly settled around the waist rather than the hips, thighs, buttocks or other parts are at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-related diseases. 54% of American adults suffer from abdominal obesity, compared to 46% in 1999-2000, the researchers report in Tuesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (American Medical Association).