Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Prevention: US ranks 40th in newborn mortality...

Today brings news of a study on neonatal mortality by researchers at the World Health Organization.

The stats don't look good for us: the United States dropped from No. 28 to  No. 41 in the rankings of newborn death risk, and is now tied with Qatar, Croatia and United Arab Emirates.

There are some confounding trends: for instance, preterms births make up a larger proportion of US births and the mortality rate among preterm infants is higher.

While you might think such news might spark national protests, the protest focus today is an oil pipeline.

You know, the one where Darryl Hannah got arrested...

Some days, I wonder when babies stopped being part of the environment.

Link to PLoS article on neonatal mortality

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