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2011-01-17 20:59:47

High birth weight in First Nations (North American Indian) babies are linked to a higher risk of postneonatal death (infant deaths that occur from 4 weeks to 1 year of age), according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj100837.pdf. High birth weight or infant macrosomia is defined as a child being born above the 90th percentile relative to a fetal growth standard. Maternal obesity, impaired glucose...

2010-12-09 12:14:00

Life expectancy declines slightly according to latest CDC deaths report ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stroke is now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, down from the third place ranking it has held for decades, according to preliminary 2008 death statistics released today by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. While deaths from stroke and several other chronic diseases are down, deaths due to chronic lower respiratory disease increased in...

2010-12-08 14:08:00

Number of Preterm Infants Drops to 523,033 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 23,500 babies were spared the serious health consequences of an early birth in 2008, according to new data released today by the National Center for Health Statistics. According to the National Vital Statistics Report, Births Final Data 2008, 523,033 infants were born preterm, before 37 weeks of pregnancy, in 2008, down from a high of 546,602 in 2007. The federal report...

2010-11-16 09:35:00

Unexplained disparity in preterm births exists among black infants and infants of other races. ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) based at the University of Michigan today released its Prematurity Issue Brief that shows pre-term births --- births at less than 37 weeks of gestation --- are the leading cause of health problems in infants and estimated to cost the U.S. more than $26 billion annually. In...

2010-09-02 10:56:21

March of Dimes supports congressional briefing on infant mortality Very low birthweight and very preterm infants are more likely to die if they are not born at hospitals with neonatal intensive care units specially equipped to care for seriously ill newborns, in contrast to similar babies born at those specialized facilities. "We encourage women who have high risk pregnancies to talk with their health care provider about the care their baby may need after birth and about the appropriate...

2010-08-26 13:58:27

Clinical depression and anxiety during pregnancy results in smaller babies that are more likely to die in infancy, according to new research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. The study, which focused on women living in rural Bangladesh, provides the first finding of its kind in a non-Western population. The research indicates that mental health issues are likely to be a primary contributor to infant mortality and poor child health, above poverty, malnutrition or low...

2010-06-25 13:52:00

Statewide Program Significantly Reduces Inappropriate Scheduling of Births before 39 Weeks CINCINNATI, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A statewide Ohio program significantly reduced the monthly rate of inappropriately scheduled births before 39 weeks gestation, helping to avoid expensive neonatal intensive care unit admissions and decrease the risk of infant deaths, according to two studies by the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative recently published in the American Journal of...

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2010-05-12 14:00:00

Researchers reported on Tuesday that the U.S. rate of pre-term births has fallen for the second year in a row. The findings are good news because babies that are born too early and too small are far more likely to die than babies born after a full 39 weeks of gestation. But pre-term birth rates still remain high compared to other developed countries.  Joyce Martin of the National Center for Health Statistics and colleagues said that doctors and officials still must work harder to...

2010-05-11 10:45:00

Rates Drop for Most States and Ethnic and Gestational-Age Groups WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time in three decades, the nation - and most states - saw a two-year decline in preterm birth rates, indicating that strategies implemented over the past seven years have begun to pay off, according to the March of Dimes. "In 2003, we began a national campaign to reduce the terrible toll of premature birth because every baby deserves a healthy start in...

2010-02-23 11:15:38

New GAPPS Repository of data, tissue specimens will be resource for researchers worldwide A new report issued Feb. 22 identifies the enormous global impact of preterm birth and stillbirth"”and what can be done to decrease it. Globally, an estimated 13 million babies are born preterm each year. Newborn deaths now account for more than 42 percent of mortality in children under the age of five, a rise from 37 percent in the year 2000. Additionally, an estimated 3.2 million are...


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