Boston has above-average appointment wait times; abortion rate at 30-year low;

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> Scheduling a physician's appointment in Boston takes longer than in 14 other major cities, according to a study conducted by Merritt-Hawkins. Study (.pdf)

> The abortion rate in the United States fell to a 30-year low in 2011, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. Report (.pdf)

> Tighter economic regulation on fast food consumption could reduce national obesity rates, according to the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Announcement

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