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Open defecation is associated with raised risk of preterm birth among Indian women

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4020 (Published 22 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4020
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

Open defecation is associated with a substantially increased risk of adverse outcomes of pregnancy among women in rural India, a new study in PLOS Medicine has found.1

Bijaya Padhi of the Asian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar, and colleagues carried out a prospective cohort study of 670 pregnant women in rural parts of Odisha. The women were enrolled in the study during their first trimester and followed, through home visits …

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