Latest Infant mortality Stories

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...

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,...

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...

2009-05-08 08:30:00

Model Collaboration and Mother's Day Challenge Grant Demonstrate Effectiveness of Public-Private Partnerships to Address Unmet Global Health Needs NEW YORK, and FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Two days before Mother's Day, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, announced its continued support for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) campaign to vaccinate mothers and children in developing countries against maternal and...

2009-03-18 12:20:00

March of Dimes Hopes It's the Start of a Long-Term Trend in Infant Health WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's preterm birth rate declined slightly in 2007 - a finding that the March of Dimes hopes will prove to be the start of a new trend in improved maternal and infant health. The preterm birth rate declined for babies born at 34-36 weeks gestation (late preterm) and among babies born to African American and white women. "We're encouraged by this...

2008-12-05 07:10:00

High obesity and smoking rates have moved Louisiana to the top of a U.S. list, marking it the unhealthiest state. According to an annual report, the overall health of Americans remained static for a fourth year. Topics studied included binge drinking, health insurance coverage, air pollution, infectious disease rates, crime levels and immunization coverage."We've just not made any improvement in the overall healthiness of the nation," said Dr. Reed Tuckson of UnitedHealth Group Inc, the...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'