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Dismal forecast for preterm births

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 27 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8014

Prematurity is a leading cause of death in young children, second only to pneumonia. Fifteen million babies are born too early every year, and national rates are unlikely to fall much by 2015, say researchers. A relative reduction of just 5%—from 9.59% of live births to 9.07%—is …

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