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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...

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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...

2008-11-12 06:00:20

Is Colorado making the grade when it comes to helping its babies get a healthy start? New information released by the March of Dimes on the sixth annual Prematurity Awareness Day suggests it is not. The state received a letter grade of D on a report card issued today by the nonprofit infant and maternal health group. To determine the grade, Colorado's premature birth rate of 12.3% was compared to the Healthy People 2010 goal of 7.6%. This is the first of what will be an annual March...

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2008-10-16 16:10:00

Rates of infant mortality in the United States are higher than many industrialized nations, with progress declining in recent years, according to a new report released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The report ranked the U.S. the 29th lowest in the world in 2004, the latest year for which comparative global data was available. The figure represents a worsening trend in infant mortality, defined as death within the first year of...

2008-10-09 18:00:36

By SHANTEE WOODARDS Staff Writer Anne Arundel County could avert nearly 150 deaths a year if it had as many college-educated residents as Howard and Montgomery counties, according to the findings of a study released this morning. The new national study links residents' health status to education and income levels. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the report as a way to compare the social gaps of children living in low- to middle-income homes to those who are living in a...

2008-10-09 18:00:36

By JEREMY COX Scientists have found a new weapon in the battle against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: a ceiling fan. Children who slept in a room ventilated by a fan had a 72 percent lower chance of dying from SIDS vs. those who did not, according to a study published this month in the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. SIDS is the leading cause of death among children below the age of 1, experts say. Scientists haven't pinpointed an exact cause of the syndrome, but...

2008-10-09 09:00:10

By Lynne Wilde II Deseret News In a report released Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Committee to Build a Healthier America, Utah children fared well in one category and not as well in another. The report ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on the disparities between children's health with respect to income and infant mortality. It also considers mothers' education level. The report shows those who are less educated have a higher infant mortality rate. Utah,...

2008-09-19 09:00:40

Hampton Roads Virginia is known for being the birthplace of presidents. It's also becoming well-known for its infant mortality rate. The state's infant death rate is 18th highest in the country, with 7.2 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hampton Roads encompasses five of the cities in the state with the highest numbers of infant deaths, including Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. Last year, Gov....

2008-09-03 18:00:41

New York City's infant mortality rate fell again in 2007, reaching the lowest level ever recorded, city health department officials said. The 2007 rate -- 5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, down from 5.9 in 2006 -- marked the sharpest one-year decline since 2001, when the city's infant mortality rate declined to 6.1 from 6.7 per 1,000 live births. Of the 128,961 babies born in New York City in 2007, 697 died before the age of 1 -- 43 fewer than in 2006. The city's infant mortality rate...

2008-08-22 18:00:43

By Mary Powers The documentary "Babyland," scheduled to air tonight on ABC's "20/ 20," opens at the Shelby County burial service of an infant dressed in an elaborately frilly outfit with a pink stuffed animal tucked beside her in the tiny satin-lined coffin. It closes at the Shelby County cemetery as a backhoe shovels dirt over five simple, baby-sized wooden coffins. In between are grim statistics about infant deaths in Shelby County, at least one neighborhood clinic forced to reduce...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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