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  • Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother (USA #33)

    05/05/2015 8:35:44 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    Manila Bulletin ^ | May 5, 2015 | unlisted
    Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday. Somalia is the worst place, just below the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. Save the Children released its 16th annual Mothers' Index, which rates 179 countries based on five indicators related to maternal health, education, income levels and the status of women. This year, the United States dropped from number 31 on the list to 33, behind Japan, Poland and Croatia....
  • Babies pay for Detroit's fall with mortality above Mexico

    06/11/2014 10:18:03 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    Crain's Detroit Business ^ | 06/11/2014 | Bloomberg
    Detroit’s 60-year deterioration has taken a toll not just on business owners, investors and taxpayers. It’s meant misery for its most vulnerable: children and the women who bear them. While infant mortality fell for decades across the U.S., progress bypassed Detroit, which in 2012 saw a greater proportion of babies die before their first birthdays than any American city, a rate higher than in China, Mexico and Thailand. Pregnancy-related deaths helped put Michigan’s maternal mortality rate in the bottom fifth among states. One in three pregnancies in the city is terminated. Women are integral to the city’s recovery. While officials...
  • UK has top child mortality rate in west of Europe with nearly 4,000 under-5s dying last year…

    05/03/2014 12:42:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:22 EST, 2 May 2014 | Ben Spencer
    Britain has one of the highest death rates for infants and young children in western Europe, researchers revealed last night. Last year, 3,800 under-fives died in the UK—more than anywhere else in the region. The UK’s mortality rate of 4.9 deaths per 1,000 children aged under five is more than double the figure for Iceland, the country with the lowest rate. The appalling record is partly due to the prevalence of drinking and smoking during pregnancy, as well as high levels of inequality, experts said. …
  • Zinc supplement can reduce infant deaths

    06/06/2012 8:06:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    The Hindu ^ | June 2, 2012 | P. Sunderarajan
    Giving zinc as a supplement along with antibiotics can significantly reduce mortality by lowering treatment failure in children suffering from serious infections such as pneumonia and meningitis, according to a study. The study, reported in the latest issue of the international medical journal, The Lancet, has found that babies who were given zinc supplement were 40 per cent less likely to experience treatment failure and their risk of death was reduced by 43 per cent. The study covered 700 babies aged between seven and 120 days — 352 of them were given zinc supplement along with the standard antibiotics and...
  • Trying to Explain a Drop in Infant Mortality

    11/26/2009 8:19:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 885+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 27, 2009 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    MADISON, Wis. — Seven and a half months into Ta-Shai Pendleton’s first pregnancy, her child was stillborn. Then in early 2008, she bore a daughter prematurely. Soon after, Ms. Pendleton moved from a community in Racine that was thick with poverty to a better neighborhood in Madison. Here, for the first time, she had a full-term pregnancy... --snip-- The lives and pregnancies of black mothers like Ms. Pendleton, 21, are now the subject of intense study as researchers confront one of the country’s most intractable health problems: the large racial gap in infant deaths, primarily due to a higher incidence...
  • Dems exploit infant deaths to sell ObamaCare

    11/06/2009 2:59:17 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies · 474+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 06, 2009 | William Tate
    There are lies, there are damned lies, and there are the statistics that Democrats have ginned up to try to sell ObamaCare. The most recent example comes from statistics, bandied about by their media mouthpieces this week, purporting that infant mortality rates in the U.S. are proof that the healthcare system is sick and needs Drs. Obama, Pelosi and Reid to cure it. Big Media reportedly breathlessly this week that the U.S. ranks 30th in infant mortality rates. They preached that that standing reflects the quality of the country's healthcare system, that we fall short of other countries and need...
  • Premature Births Fuel Infant Death Rates in U.S., Report Says.

    11/03/2009 2:20:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 869+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 4, 2009 | DENISE GRADY
    High rates of premature birth are the main reason the United States has higher infant mortality than do many other rich countries, government researchers reported Tuesday in their first detailed analysis of a longstanding problem. In Sweden, for instance, 6.3 percent of births were premature, compared with 12.4 percent in the United States in 2005, the latest year for which international rankings are available. Infant mortality also... --snip-- Dr. Fleischman said the smallest, earliest and most fragile babies were often born to poor and minority women who lacked health care and social support. The highest rates of infant mortality occur...
  • Infant-mortality myths

    09/10/2009 4:22:52 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies · 1,702+ views
    OC Register ^ | March 16th 2005 | Michael Arnold Glueckand Robert J. Cihak
    Statistics, even at their best, don't tell a whole story. A variety of people employ medical statistics dubiously to push pet causes. A perfect example: infant mortality statistics. The officially reported U.S. infant mortality rate has been indisputably high compared with similarly industrialized countries since at least the 1920s. That fact has led to public health officials in the U.S. to conclude the rates are "caused" by poorly distributed health care resources and can be "solved" with a socialized, government-run health care system. However, there's a basic problem with the numbers: Different countries count differently. According to the World Health...
  • Even Fox news falls for the myth of "infant mortality rates"

    09/09/2009 4:25:41 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 17 replies · 1,131+ views
    Fox ^ | August 20th
    From Fox: Though the United States has by far the highest level of health care spending per capita in the world, we have one of the lowest life expectancies among developed nations Everybody else skews their data. It's not a reflection on our system. Here: "Doctors told me it was against the rules to save my premature baby" Instead, doctors told her to treat the labour as a miscarriage, not a birth, and to expect her baby to be born with serious deformities or even to be still-born. The doctor didn't just come up with that out of thin air,...
  • The Truth About Health Care and Infant Mortality - Lack of access to health care does not explain...

    08/24/2009 11:31:02 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,420+ views
    Reason ^ | August 24, 2009 | Steve Chapman
    Lack of access to health care does not explain America's infant mortality rateThe American medical system has the latest technology, the greatest variety of new drugs, and unparalleled resources. But anyone who thinks we're getting something great for our dollars inevitably encounters a two-word rebuke: infant mortality. The United States is the richest nation on Earth, but it comes in 29th in the world in survival rates among babies. This mediocre ranking is supposed to make an irrefutable case for health care reform. If we cared enough to insure everyone, we are told, we would soon rise to the health...
  • Health Care and Infant Mortality: The Real Story

    08/23/2009 5:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 1,172+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2009 | Steve Chapman
    he American medical system has the latest technology, the greatest variety of new drugs and unparalleled resources. But anyone who thinks we're getting something great for our dollars inevitably encounters a two-word rebuke: infant mortality. The United States is the richest nation on Earth, but it comes in 29th in the world in survival rates among babies. This mediocre ranking is supposed to make an irrefutable case for health care reform. If we cared enough to insure everyone, we are told, we would soon rise to the health standards of other modern nations. It's just a matter of getting over...
  • Canada's Single-Prayer Health Care (Obamacare Run Amok)

    06/30/2009 5:13:32 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 47 replies · 1,284+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 30, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Health Reform: A critically ill premature baby is moved to a U.S hospital to get the treatment she couldn't get in the system we're told we should emulate. Cost-effective care? In Canada, as elsewhere, you get what you pay for.Ava Isabella Stinson was born last Thursday at St. Joseph's hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Weighing only two pounds, she was born 13 weeks premature and needed some very special care. Unfortunately, there were no open neonatal intensive care beds for her at St. Joseph's — or anywhere else in the entire province of Ontario, it seems.
  • CDC Releases New Infant Mortality Data

    10/15/2008 5:21:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 414+ views
    CDC Online Newsroom ^ | October 15, 2008 | NA
    Press Release CDC Releases New Infant Mortality Data For Immediate Release: October 15, 2008Contact: National Center for Health Statistics, Office of Communication, Phone: (301) 458-4800 The United States ranked 29th in the world in infant mortality in 2004, compared to 27th in 2000, 23rd in 1990 and 12th in 1960, according to a new report from CDC′s National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.78 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2004, the latest year that data are available for all countries. Infant mortality rates were generally lowest (below 3.5 per 1,000) in selected Scandinavian...
  • Abortion Decline in US Leads to Long-Term Reduction in Infant Mortality Rates

    07/31/2008 4:39:37 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 175+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/31/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Americans received good news back in January when new figures from Planned Parenthood's research group showed the number of abortions nationwide have fallen to their lowest point in 30 years and have declined 25 percent since 1990. That has resulted in a drop in the nation's infant mortality rate. The Alan Guttmacher Institute report found just over 1.2 million abortions in the United States in 2005, down nearly 25% from their high of 1.6 million in 1990.The last time the number of abortions was that low was 1976 -- just three years after Roe v. Wade....
  • Racial disparity in infant mortality, March of Dimes aims to close gap in Jersey

    08/20/2007 5:56:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 706+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 20, 2007 | ANGELA STEWART
    Pregnant with her first child, Kandice Odom was feeling stressed. "My feet were swollen, I would get dizzy easily and it was hard for me to focus or concentrate," recalled the 22-year-old Jersey City resident. Then, after a routine doctor's visit into her sixth month of pregnancy, things got a lot more complicated. Odom's blood pressure was dangerously high and she was immediately referred to high-risk specialists at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. A decision ultimately was made to deliver her baby by Caesarean section. Simone Marie Gilliard was born June 24 weighing just 2 pounds. "She was so small....
  • Many Newborn Deaths Preventable, Experts Say

    03/03/2005 5:32:50 PM PST · by baseball_fan · 11 replies · 389+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2005 | Patricia Reaney (Reuters)
    LONDON -- Four million newborn babies die every year in the world but three-quarters of them could be easily saved, researchers said on Thursday. Most of the deaths occur in 10 countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and are caused by infections, prematurity and breathing problems related to birth complications. "If you look across 23 nations of western Europe there are 4 million births every year," said Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet medical journal. "So the annual global neonatal mortality is equivalent to all newly born babies in western Europe being entirely wiped out," he added. "That equals 10,000-11,000...
  • U.S. Is Close to Eliminating AIDS in Infants, Officials Say

    01/29/2005 8:17:39 PM PST · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 456+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/30/05 | MARC SANTORA
    AIDS among infants, which only a decade ago took the lives of hundreds of babies a year and left doctors in despair, may be on the verge of being eliminated in the United States, public health officials say. In 1990, as many as 2,000 babies were born infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS; now, that number has been reduced to a bit more than 200 a year, according to health officials. In New York City, the center of the epidemic, there were 321 newborns infected with H.I.V. in 1990, the year the virus peaked among newborns in the...
  • Infant Mortality Up First Time in Decades

    02/11/2004 3:41:20 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 19 replies · 238+ views
    AP to My Yahoo! ^ | Feb. 12, 2004 | DANIEL YEE
    ATLANTA - U.S. infant mortality has climbed for the first time in more than four decades, in part because older women are putting off motherhood and then having multiple babies via fertility drugs, the government said Wednesday. At the same time, U.S. life expectancy reached an all-time high of 77.4 years in 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Life expectancy in 2001 was 77.2 years. The nation's infant mortality rate climbed from 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001 to 7.0 deaths per 1,000 in 2002. The last time the rate rose was in 1958. "We...
  • EPA draft report finds better air, water

    06/23/2003 10:34:57 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 238+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, June 24, 2003 | By Michael Carney
    <p>A draft version of the Environmental Protect Agency's "Report on the Environment" shows cleaner air, purer drinking water, better-protected land and healthier Americans.</p> <p>"We have made much progress over the past 30 years, but there is still more to be done," said EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman. "This draft report is a stepping stone toward helping EPA identify future data and research needs, and we are already putting this knowledge to work."</p>
  • Afghan women face obstacles to health care

    05/06/2002 6:09:52 AM PDT · by valkyrieanne · 6 replies · 181+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | May 6, 2002 | Associated Press
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan - The child sits in a dim and crowded hospital room, staring far into the distance. At first glance it is hard to tell whether the child is a boy or a girl, but the clue lies in the tiny newborn cradled in her arms.</p>