Infant Mortality

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Infant Mortality

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Being born early is now the chief cause of infant death

The tide is turning on child mortality. For the first time, infectious diseases like measles, malaria and diarrhoea are no longer the leading killers of young children around the world. That position is now taken by complications resulting from premature birth, a problem for both wealthy and low-income countries.

While deaths from infectious diseases have been steadily declining as a result of research and medical intervention, preterm birth has remained a much more difficult problem, say the authors of a recent study that collated child mortality rates and their associated causes between 2000 and 2013. For the purposes of their research, preterm birth was defined as any child born…

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