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Female genital mutilation rates drop for African girls but teens still at risk

In North Africa, prevalence rates fell to 14% in 2015 from nearly 60% in 1990, the report said; West Africa dropped to about 25% in 2017, from 74% in 1996.

The UN children’s agency Unicef estimates that 200-million women and girls globally have undergone FGM, with the highest prevalence in Africa and parts of the Middle East.

Campaigners welcomed the drop but said FGM also affects teenagers and young women, a demographic outside the study.

“We are pleased to see that the numbers are coming down in a lot of countries,” said Emma Lightowlers, a spokesperson for campaign group 28TooMany, which does research on FGM in Africa.

“But it doesn’t tell the whole story and there are other groups where cutting takes place after the age of 14. It takes…

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FGM rates drop for African girls but teens still at risk

Campaigners welcome drop in FGM but warn against complacency

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, Nov 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Female genital mutilation has dropped drastically among African children this century, research shows, but campaigners said on Wednesday that teenagers and young women remained at risk of the harmful practice.

Known as FGM, female genital mutilation is a ritual that usually involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia, including the clitoris. Cutting is a rite of passage in many societies, often with the aim of promoting chastity.

It can cause chronic pain, menstrual problems, recurrent urinary tract infections, cysts and infertility. Some girls haemorrhage to death or…

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Timely care key to improving survival rates and racial disparities

IMAGE: Dr. Evan M. Graboyes is a otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon with the Medical University of South Carolina.
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Credit: Emma Vought, Medical University of South Carolina

Delayed care is a crtically important factor in the survival of patients with head and neck cancer, and the patients who most often experience these delays are African American, according to two new studies at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Hollings Cancer Center.

These findings are reported in an article published online October 18 and by a systemic review published online October 11 – both in JAMA Otolarynology – Head & Neck Surgery (Doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.2225 and 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.2716).

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researcher, MUSC Health…

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African fertility rates are falling

.- Despite recent disparaging Western commentary on high African birth rates, fertility rates on the continent are normal when viewed in the context of development, new data analysis from the Institute for Family Studies shows.

The analysis comes weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron commented at a Gates Foundation event in New York that educated women do not choose to have large families. “I always say: ‘Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children,’” he said.

While Macron clarified that he was speaking about the lack of educational opportunities in African countries, his comments struck a nerve with women in the United States and throughout the world. One professor at Catholic…

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Cruise giant Carnival joins list of lines raising service charge and gratuity rates

… at sister brand Princess Cruises ($13.50) but remain below the fees at rival brands Royal Caribbean ($14.50) and Norwegian Cruise Line ($14.50).
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Southern Diet Blamed For High Rates Of Hypertension Among Blacks

But a study published Tuesday in JAMA suggests that Southern cuisine isn't serving African-Americans, whose ancestors imagined and perfected it, …
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