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Health Highlights: Jan. 31, 2020


Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Facebook, Instagram Target False Coronavirus Information

Claims about fake cures and other misinformation about the new coronavirus will be removed by Facebook, says the company's head of health, Kang-Xing Jin.

In a blog post published Thursday, Jin said Facebook will "remove content with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could cause harm to people who believe them," CNN reported.

That includes claims "related to false cures or prevention methods" or "that create confusion about health resources that are available," Jin said.

Jin added that there will be increased fact-checking and monitoring on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, CNN reported.

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U.S. Maternal Death Rate Holds Steady

The overall number of U.S. women who die due to pregnancy or childbirth complications has remained steady, but there are some significant race- and age-related disparities, a new U.S. government report shows.

In 2018, 658 women died while pregnant or within 42 days of the end of pregnancy, and there were 17.4 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show, CNN reported.

However, the rate among black women was 37.1 deaths per 100,000 live births, which is up to three times higher than among white and Hispanic women, according to the CDC's National Vital Statistics Report, released Thursday.

It also said that the maternal death rate among women aged 40 and older was 81.9 deaths per 100,000 live births, which is nearly eight times higher than among women younger than 25, CNN reported.

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