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Cohabitating and babies, Kids and Cholesterol

A new federal report suggests more unmarried women living with partners are having children, Health experts are debating recent guidelines recommending all children get their cholesterol levels checked

Cohabitating and babies

A new federal report suggests more unmarried women living with partners are having children.

The National Center for Health Statistics says co-habiting women accounted for 23% of all American babies born from 2006 to 2010.

In 2002, that figure was only 14%.

Among the overall population, that figure has held steady since the first government study of this type, in 1982.

But authors note large differences in the statistics based on race, marital status, education and income.

Kids and Cholesterol

Health experts are debating recent guidelines recommending all children get their cholesterol levels checked.

The recommendations were written by a panel convened by the W.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood institute.

They suggest screenings for kids between 9 and 11, and again between 17 and 21.

Previously only children who were overweight or had a family history of heart disease were screened.

Doctors recommend talking to your pediatrician about the best plan of action for your child.

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