Sunday, July 26, 2009

SOHC 14: Infant mortality

When talking about the need to reform our health care system, people almost always bring up infant mortality rates in the U.S. But do we think about why the infant mortality rate may be higher here?

The main reason for the high rate is preterm delivery, and there was a 10 percent increase in such births from 2000 to 2006, according to recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (In 2007, according to preliminary data just published by the C.D.C. , that rate declined by 1 percent, mainly among late preterm infants.)

The article this is pulled from can be found here. (From The New York Times)

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