More U.S. babies born preterm as progress stalls

More U.S. babies born preterm as progress stalls

After nearly a decade of decline, the U.S. rate of preterm birth — the largest contributor to infant death in the country — increased again in 2016 for the second year in a row, according to a new report from the March of Dimes. More than 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year, putting them at greater risk of death before their first birthday. They're also more likely to suffer lifelong disabilities and chronic health conditions including breathing problems, jaundice, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays. In addition to the health toll, the National Academy of Medicine reports that...

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