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Premature births a big factor in high U.S. infant mortality rate
Premature births a big factor in high U.S. infant mortality rate

Despite recent progress in preventing the deaths of its youngest citizens, the United States’ infant mortality rate is fourth highest among 29 of the world’s most developed nations, a new report says. With 6.1 infant deaths per every 1,000 live births in 2010, the U.S. mortality rate was more than double those of Finland (2.3), Japan (2.3), Portugal (2.5) and Sweden (2.5), according to a study published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to trailing most European countries, the U.S. also lagged behind South Korea, Israel, Australia and New Zealand in 2010, the most recent year for which international statistics were available. The...

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