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Reply #7: The link you need is to preterm birth. [View All]

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moc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-15-07 10:40 AM
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7. The link you need is to preterm birth.
A large part of the disparity in infant mortality is due to higher rates of preterm birth among African Americans. Virtually all of the reduction in infant mortality in the last 30+ years has been due to reductions in birth weight specific mortality - i.e., we've gotten better at saving small babies. However, the preterm birth rate is increasing. So, we're better at saving small babies but no better at preventing their birth to begin with.

I don't know whether environmental toxins have been looked at or not. However, my point is that the link of interest is between environmental exposure and preterm birth specifically.
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