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Are Democratic Presidents Better for Babies?
Livescience.com ^ | February 17, 2014 | Rachael Rettner

Posted on 02/18/2014 2:03:47 PM PST by 12th_Monkey

Having a Democratic president in the United States is linked with a reduction in infant mortality rates, according to a controversial new study.

Researchers analyzed U.S. infant mortality rates from 1965 to 2010, a period that spans nine presidencies (four Democratic and five Republican).

They found that infant mortality declined significantly during that time, dropping 75 percent over the nearly 50-year period.

But when the researchers used statistical methods to focus on short-term changes during this time period, they found that infant mortality rates were about 3 percent higher during years in which a Republican was president, compared with the years in which a Democrat was president.

The findings held even after the researchers took into account factors that might affect infant mortality, such as unemployment rates, smoking rates, abortion rates and measures of national education and income level. And the researchers did not consider the first year of any president's term, they said, because a president's policies would not be expected to affect mortality in the first year of his presidency.

The researchers acknowledged that their findings could be accidental: infant mortality and the president's party may be completely unrelated, and instead, what seems to be a link between the president's political party and infant mortality could actually be due to other factors that shift back and forth over four to eight years.

However, the researchers said they were "struck by the consistency of the association we have uncovered," according to the study published online in the International Journal of Epidemiology on Dec. 30, 2013.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: babies; mortality
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To: RichInOC

very good point


21 posted on 02/18/2014 2:23:05 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: C210N

I never get tired of that graph


22 posted on 02/18/2014 2:23:36 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

You would need to add in the color qualifier also. Blacks kill a large number of babies before they ever see daylight.


23 posted on 02/18/2014 2:33:12 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: NEMDF
They probably first tried to tie it to “global warming”, but then that didn’t work, so tried some other concepts until they found one that would show some correlation.


I had an economics professor that used to say if you torture the data long enough it will tell you what you want to hear.
24 posted on 02/18/2014 2:39:21 PM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: 12th_Monkey

They obviously compared the D President’s rates to the R that preceded him. Then they compared the R president’s rates to the D that followed. Voila!


25 posted on 02/18/2014 2:51:09 PM PST by Go_Raiders (Freedom doesn't give you the right to take from others, no matter how innocent your program sounds.)
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To: Vigilanteman

“Truman and JFK were the only ones since who were even arguably close. And they were both merely mediocre.”

Truman followed FDR who was demonrat. So only Kennedy


26 posted on 02/18/2014 2:51:26 PM PST by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Only if the baby can make a sizable contribution to a democrat campaign fund.


27 posted on 02/18/2014 3:00:19 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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The effects of low employment and blackouts.


28 posted on 02/18/2014 3:03:22 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Having a Democratic president in the United States is linked with a reduction in infant mortality rates, according to a controversial new study.

Oh stop. You are not even funny. So says the millions of aborted babies over the past couple of decades!


29 posted on 02/18/2014 3:04:09 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: 12th_Monkey


30 posted on 02/18/2014 3:06:14 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: Iron Munro

that always helps


31 posted on 02/18/2014 10:23:24 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Iron Munro

aint that the truth!


32 posted on 02/18/2014 10:25:30 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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