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4 Your Health: Speaking up for lower prescription costs; mixed numbers on birthrates

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Tucson- Birth rates in the U.S. dropped to a record low last year.

According to new government data, there were over 3.9 million births in 2016, down one-percent from the year before. There were also drops in teen births, births to unmarried women, and C-section deliveries.

However, pre-term births increased for the second year in a row as did the percentage of babies born at less than five pounds, eight ounces.

Asking for cheaper medications

One in four older Americans said they struggle to pay for their prescription drugs but only half discussed the problem with their doctors.

That's according to a new University Of Michigan survey of 50 to 80 year olds.

But asking for help can pay off. Two thirds of seniors who did talk to their doctor about cost were able to switch to a cheaper drug. And about one-third got similar recommendations from a pharmacist.

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