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Report demands investigation into rise in preterm births

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:169
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The rate of preterm births in the United States has increased by more than 30% since 1981, says a report from the US Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1981, 9.4% of US babies were born before 37 weeks' gestation. By 2004, this had risen to 12.5%—about 500 000 infants.

    Children born prematurely are at higher risk of death and …

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