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Tucson- Teen births continue drop in the U.S. along with infant deaths.

New government data reveals the number of overall births increased by one-percent between 2013 and 2014.

But the teenage birth rate decreased by nine percent during the same time period. The infant mortality rate also continued to decline, dropping another two and a half percent.

There was no significant change in the number of deaths among children over one.

In tune with Dementia patients

Personalized music playlists may be beneficial for people with dementia.

A Brown University study tracked dementia patients living in nursing homes with and without the "music and memory" program, which provides residents with their favorite tunes.

Patients who participated in the program were more likely to discontinue anti-psychotic and anxiety medications and less likely to show disruptive behaviors.

The benefits of reading to babies 

Researchers at NYU tracked 250 mothers and their children from the time they were six months old until the age of four. Kids who were read to more often tended to have higher verbal and literacy skills when entering elementary school.

Quality of reading time was also very important. Children whose parents discussed the pictures and emotions of the characters in books ... were more likely to read at an earlier age.

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