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CDC reports 12 percent drop in Indian teenage birth rates





Birth rates among American Indian and Alaska Native teenagers fell 12 percent from 2009 to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The drop reflected an overall decline in teenage birth rates in the U.S. For the last three years, they have fallen among all racial and ethnic groups.

Disparities, however, remain. The birth rate for American Indian and Alaska Native teenagers was 38.7 per 1,000, compared to 10.9 per 1,000 for Asian/Pacific Islander teens and 23.5 per 1,000 for non-Hispanic white teens.

Rates were highest among African-American teens (51.5 per 1,000) and Hispanic teens (55.7 per 1,000).

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