October 16, 2012 - A new study shows free birth control can lower the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. Researchers at the Washington University School of medicine gave 9,000 women free birth control for four years. During that time abortion rates for the group were up to 78 percent lower than the national average. Researchers say about 50 percent of all U.S. pregnancies are unplanned.
Also, a new study finds "patient navigators" can make a critical difference for women with breast cancer. Hundreds of hospitals and cancer facilities now employ navigators to help patients with everything from appointments to insurance. Researchers focused on 2,600 women in Washington DC. Those who used navigators to help them through the medical system received their diagnoses nearly twice as fast.