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As preterm births soar globally

Canada Goose Jackets NEW YORK (Reuters) The world developed countries have seen their average rate of premature births double to 6 percent since 1995, despite efforts to reduce the phenomenon, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Worldwide, 15 million of the 135 million babies born in 2010 were premature and 1.1 million died, according to the Too Soon report, which was compiled as part of the United Nations Woman Every Child cheap Canada Goose initiative.

The report, three years in the making and written by experts from 11 countries, is intended to draw attention to the problem and attract donations from governments and charities to solve it. The study analyzes preterm births (before 37 weeks of the full 40 week gestation) in 184 nations, more than ever previously studied.

canada goose clearance Of the 65 developed countries that have kept reliable data cheap canada goose uk over the years, only Croatia, Ecuador and Estonia have cut their rate of preterm births since the 1990s. In the other 62, despite programs to, for instance, improve pre natal care and canada goose coats on sale reduce the number of Cesarean sections, premature births increased from an average of about Canada Goose Online 3 percent to 6 percent.

The lack of progress is caused in part by and misperceptions on Canada Goose sale the part of public health agencies, said Dr. The misunderstandings include the notion that preterm births are rare and therefore not canada goose clearance a significant problem deserving attention and resources.

canada goose report dispels that idea, Howson said. only is preterm birth not rare, but it common and it kills.

canada goose clearance sale But how common, and especially how deadly, varies enormously across the world, producing what Howson calls appalling mortality gap. Preterm births account for almost half of newborn deaths worldwide, making it the second leading cause of death in children Canada Goose Parka under the age of 5, after pneumonia.

canada goose store While more than 90 percent of babies born before 28 weeks in wealthier countries survive, however, in poor countries more than 90 percent die.

canadian goose jacket Rates of preterm birth range from 4 percent in Belarus to 18 percent in canada goose uk outlet Malawi, and generally track poverty rates, the report found. Nine of the 11 countries with preterm rates above 15 percent are located in sub Saharan Africa. Comoros and Congo have a rate of 16.7 preterm births per 100 live births; Zimbabwe, 16.6. rate is 12 percent, the worst of the G8 countries and 59th of the 65 countries with reliable historical data.

canada goose deals CAUSES canada goose uk shop OF PREMATURITY The high rates of preterm canada goose black friday sale births in poor countries reflect the fact that poverty is associated uk canada goose with many of the reasons women to go into labor too soon: inadequate prenatal care, infections such as malaria and HIV, high blood pressure, obesity or underweight, substance abuse including smoking, and diabetes.

Canada Goose Parka But the rich poor divide is not huge. The preterm rate averages 12 percent in poor countries and 9 percent in canada goose wealthier ones. In fact, countries with the lowest rates of preterm births Canada Goose Jackets are not the wealthiest. After Belarus, the next lowest rate is in Ecuador (5.1), followed by Latvia (5.3); Finland, Croatia, and Samoa (5.5); and Japan and Sweden at 5.9.

cheap Canada Goose In richer countries, the causes canadian goose jacket of prematurity include more older women having babies, multiple pregnancies due to fertility drugs and Canada Goose online inductions and Cesarean deliveries done for convenience rather than medical necessity. But canada goose clearance because determining gestational age is an inexact science, many supposedly 37 week babies canada goose uk black friday be less than 35 weeks, she said. rate of 12 per 100 live births is more like that of a developing country, ranking 130th of 184 Canada Goose Coats On Sale countries, tied with Somalia, Thailand, and Turkey, and only slightly better than Honduras and Timor. births are to women 35 or older), fertility drugs (carrying twins, triplets, and more makes preterm birth more likely), and induced labor or Cesareans.

canada goose coats INEXPENSIVE canada goose store SOLUTIONS Preterm deaths could be reduced by 75 percent through inexpensive interventions, Lawn said. Among them: teaching buy canada goose jacket cheap mothers to carry their newborns style on the chest to keep warm. That could save 450,000 preemies a year. Injections of corticosteroids for mothers in premature labor, which help fetal lungs develop, cost $1 each and could save 370,000 babies a year.

buy canada goose jacket Problems loom for many preemies who survive. About 25 percent of those born earlier than 28 weeks are blind or otherwise visually impaired. About 5 percent to 10 percent are deaf, 40 percent have chronic lung disease and an unknown number suffer learning and cognitive impairments.

canada goose black friday sale The ultimate solution keeping every baby in the womb for 40 weeks buy canada goose jacket is a challenge. Canada Goose Outlet Improving maternal health by treating high blood pressure and infections would help, as would changing obstetrical practices so labor is not induced early for non medical reasons.

Canada Goose Outlet still don know a lot about how to prevent preterm birth, Howson said. need vigorous, targeted research canada goose clearance sale into its causes.

buy canada goose jacket cheap The report sponsors include the March of Dimes; canada goose factory sale the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health; Save uk canada goose outlet the canada goose coats Children; and the World Health Organization.

Canada Goose sale Donors are anteing up to reduce the preterm death rate. The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $1.5 billion over four years to support interventions such as antenatal corticosteroids and to discover new ones. The March of Dimes is spending $20 million a year for research on the causes of prematurity and to improve access to prenatal care.

canada goose coats on sale The WHO and its partners have set two goals for 2025: eliminating mortality from preterm births in countries where the rate of preterm birth is now less than 5 percent, and halving mortality where it is 5 percent or more.


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