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Have only girls been born for a long time in this village?

Support for the claim appears to rest on explicit birth records, although interviews with families in the village were also conducted. The New York Post writes (emphasis mine) According to birth ...
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A century ago, was giving birth a major cause of death?

Has maternal mortality due to child birth dropped in England over the past 100 years? Yes. Tremendously. The 2006 paper, British maternal mortality in the 19th and early 20th centuries examines this. ...
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Have only girls been born for a long time in this village?

Generally if such statistics would exist, they would be available to every Polish citizen per freedom of information act. Alas, there are no such statistics in Poland. While the claim might be true, ...
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Does the USA grant citizenship to whomever is born in their airspace?

Page 7 of this Foreign Affairs Manual, titled ACQUISITION OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH IN THE UNITED STATES, says, “The rules applicable to vessels obviously apply equally to airplanes. Thus a ...
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Did an American woman give birth to 17 babies at once?

No, this is a fictional article. The source of the article is the World News Daily Report (WNDR). Their disclaimer page explains: WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature ...
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Does the USA grant citizenship to whomever is born in their airspace?

Yes, a child born within 12 nautical miles of the US (which applies to airspace as well) is in US territory. Under jus soli, a child born in US territory can be granted a US citizenship. Twelve ...
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Have fewer children with Down Syndrome been born in the United States?

You may find relevant information in the paper Estimates of the live births, natural losses, and elective terminations with Down syndrome in the United States, published by Skotko along with Gert de ...
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Does having a natural birth offer health benefits to the child vs. use of pain medication?

Using of Epidurals and painkillers during childbirth was not shown to have long lasting effects on the baby1. It can affect the course of the birth, prolonging it and by slightly increasing chance for ...
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Is nitrous oxide not used during labor in US hospitals because it is cheaper?

Is it true that laughing gas is not used to reduce labor pains because it is cheap? There seems to be a range of factors contributing to why N2O is not readily available in the US. Nitrous Oxide for ...
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Does taking birth control pills make you 99.9% protected from pregnancy?

Per UK NHS, 1. Combined contraceptive pill is more than 99% effective if taken correctly. Less than 1 woman in 100 will get pregnant in a year while taking the combined pill. 2. Progestogen-only ...
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Do long working hours in Spain affect birth rate?

Hours Worked First, Spain does not have excessively long hours of work among OECD countries. Source: OECD.Stat: In fact, at 1,691 hours per annum in 2015, Spain is slightly below the median of 1,...
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Does delayed umbilical cord-clamping reduce the risk of anaemia?

Yes, in preterm births and low/middle-income countries. There is good evidence that early cord clamping leads to hypovolaemia, anaemia and low iron stores in the neonate. [1] This seems to be more ...
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Are babies natural swimmers?

I think you should take a look at this study: Goksor, E.; Rosengren, L.; Wennergren, G. (2002). "Bradycardic response during submersion in infant swimming". Acta Paediatr 91 (3): 307–312. doi:10....
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Do long working hours in Spain affect birth rate?

Disclaimer: This is difficult to actually prove without performing rather intrusive research into the lives of Spanish couples. For part 1: No, they don't work longer hours (source). They do, however, ...
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