Survival of premature babies more likely now than in mid-1990s, study shows

Premature babies born in recent years are more likely to survive and less likely to have severe disabilities than those born in the mid-1990s, research has revealed. According to the World Health Organisation, around 15 million babies worldwide are born before the 37th week of pregnancy every year, with premature babies at higher risk of severe disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, as well as a greater chance of delayed development of language and motor skills. But experts say the new research offers good news, at least for children in developed countries. “Not only has survival [of premature babies] improved, but...

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