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BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5517 (Published 14 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5517

Maternal deaths are more common among US ethnic minorities: Women from ethnic minorities had 41% of US live births in 1993-2006 but 62% of 7487 deaths related to pregnancy.1 Compared with US born white women, pregnancy related mortality ratios were 5.2 times higher in US born black women and 3.6 times higher in foreign born black women. Hypertensive disorders, haemorrhage, and embolism were the main causes of death.

Poor access to general practice increases emergency cancer presentations: General …

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