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Bipartisan measure introduced to combat Kentucky's high maternal mortality rate

Jan. 17, 2024 16:57 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers endorsed a bill Wednesday aimed at combatting a tragic health statistic by expanding access to insurance coverage for expectant mothers. The goal is to reduce the Bluegrass State's maternal mortality rate, which ranks...

In hypochondria paradox, Swedish study finds a higher death rate in those who fear serious illness

Dec. 13, 2023 12:10 PM EST

A large Swedish study has uncovered a paradox about people diagnosed with an excessive fear of serious illness: They tend to die earlier than people who aren’t hypervigilant about health concerns. Hypochondriasis, now called illness anxiety disorder, is a rare condition with...

Maternal mortality rate is much higher for Black women than white women in Mississippi, study says

Dec. 07, 2023 18:27 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Black people make up about 38% of Mississippi's population, but a new study shows that Black women were four times more likely to die of causes directly related to pregnancy than white women in the state in 2020. “It is imperative that this racial inequity...