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NICE guideline aims to cut premature birth rates

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 20 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6253
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced a new guideline to try to reduce premature birth rates in England and Wales, which have shown no decline over the past 10 years.1

More than 52 000 babies—around 7.3% of live births in England and Wales—were born preterm in 2012. Premature birth is the second most common cause of death in children under 5, and babies who are born early are more prone to health problems such as heart defects, lung disorders, cerebral palsy, and delayed development. …

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