Boulder health and recreation: Contraception,tuberculosis, and China’s one-child policy

Long term, reversible contraception isn’t gaining the popularity it needs

And by “long-term, reversible contraception,” we are referring to implant rods and intrauterine devices (IUDs). Although the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have both endorsed these methods of birth control as an effective defense against teen pregnancy, they’re not as frequently used in the U.S. as other developed countries. They’ve got a bad rep. But with the Department of Health and Human Services encouraging all states to make these more effective, the government is hoping usage will increase.

If you thought tuberculosis was a thing of the past, think again

Apparently, about 10.4 million people were infected with the disease last year, and 1.8 million died. In other words, more than 34,000 people a week died from TB on average—much more than Ebola affected. The reason TB is so widespread without us knowing it is because it’s difficult to count the number of cases accurately. It’s also very much linked to poverty, and new treatments aren’t very widely used. In order for this disease to be eradicated, according to the World Health Organization, global health care needs to change tremendously.

If you have twins in China, do you have to get rid of one?

Not necessarily. In 1979, China introduced a one-child policy—which is exactly what it sounds like. In 2013, however, the policy was relaxed, and since then, the country has returned to encouraging its families to have more than one child. But the news here is that fewer and fewer parents even want multiple children these days. It’s just too damn expensive and exhausting. Go figure.

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