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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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2010-02-18 09:40:00

The rate of stillbirths in rural areas of six developing countries fell more than 30 percent following a basic training program in newborn care for birth attendants, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The study tracked more than 120,000 births. The study tested the efficacy of a three-day Essential Newborn Care training regimen that covers basic newborn care techniques, the importance of early breastfeeding, how to keep...

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2009-11-03 14:05:00

A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that premature births are the main reason the United States lags behind most European countries in infant mortality. The U.S. currently ranks 30th in the world in terms of infant mortality "“- more than twice the infant mortality rates of Sweden, Japan, Finland, Norway and the Czech Republic. Roughly 1 in 8 U.S. births are premature, often due to poor care of low-income pregnant women, according to the...

2009-11-03 10:55:00

March of Dimes Calls for Research to Prevent Preterm Birth WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States' extraordinarily high number of babies born too soon explains why the nation has an infant death rate significantly higher when compared to Europe, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Cutting the U.S. preterm birth rate nearly in half to match Sweden's would lower the US infant mortality rate one-third and mean nearly...

2009-10-05 07:20:00

LOS OLIVOS, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- America's infant mortality ranking is 42nd on the world stage placing the U.S. in the company of countries including Guam, Cuba and Croatia. The United States currently sustains over half a million infant deaths per year -- twice as many as the top ten countries of the world. Now, in a powerful new short film by Debby Takikawa of Hana Peace Works, "Reducing Infant Mortality" exposes how the U.S. health care system is failing mothers and babies,...

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2009-08-20 06:30:00

U.S. life expectancy has risen to a record high of nearly 78 years, while the age-adjusted death rate fell to 760.3 deaths per 100,000, according to a new report issued Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Record high life expectancy was recorded for both males and females, at 75.3 years and 80.4 years, respectively. At the same time, mortality rate fell for the eighth straight year to an all-time low of 760.3 deaths per 100,000 population in 2007 -- 2.1...

2009-06-08 07:57:55

 New research may offer hope for extremely preterm infants. Advances in medical interventions have resulted in higher survival rates for extremely preterm infants.In a study of more than 1,000 extremely preterm infants born in Sweden, researchers found encouraging data on live birth and survival rates. Researchers say improvements in perinatal "“ the period shortly before and after birth "“ medicine have increased infant survival rates so that neonatal "“ the first four...

2009-05-28 11:50:17

A county in Wisconsin demonstrated that the black infant mortality gap of 3:1 can be eliminated, U.S. health officials said Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report said since 2002, black infant mortality in Dane County, Wis., declined by 67 percent eliminating the 3:1 black-white infant mortality gap that existed during the 1990s. The black infant mortality gap is still prevalent in most if not all of the United States, the report...


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