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US is the most dangerous wealthy nation for a child to be born into, study concludes

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k191 (Published 12 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k191
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

High poverty rates, poor educational outcomes, and a weak social safety net have made the US the “most dangerous of wealthy nations for a child to be born into,” a new study concludes.1

In the study, appearing in the January issue of Health Affairs, researchers looked at childhood mortality, comparing trends for the US with 19 other wealthy democracies for children aged from 0 to 19 years from 1961 to 2010.

The comparator nations were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, …

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