USA: Prescriptions and Fertility

A recent article from Consumer Reports began with this simple observation: “If you’re like most Americans, you probably start your day with a hot shower, a cup of coffee—and a handful of pills.”

The article went on to note that more than 50 percent of Americans at any given time are taking prescription medications. And not all of those pills prove as helpful as intended.

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Germany: The lowest birthrate in the world?

Germany, of all nations, has a birth-rate problem? And not the kind that implies overpopulation but one that, until very recently, placed the country at the bottom of the world’s birth-rate list of developed countries. One bright spot: A 2015 study quoted by BBC News indicated that Germany had surpassed Japan to get out of last place on that list. And, as of this writing, the CIA’s World Fact Book estimated Germany’s birth rate at 213th out of 226 countries.

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