Lancet analysis examines trends in preterm birth, potential interventions in developed countries

Published on November 17, 2012 at 12:45 AM · No Comments

An analysis published Thursday in the Lancet examines trends in and interventions for preterm birth in 39 developed countries, with the authors writing, "Shockingly, very little reduction is currently possible," reports. The analysis "said there are a handful of proven protections of preterm births and if the U.S. and other developed countries do a better job of using them, together they could keep 58,000 babies a year from being born too soon," the news service states. The analysis is meant to inform the report "Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth," which was published in May by an international coalition including the World Health Organization, Save the Children, U.S. National Institutes of Health, March of Dimes and other groups, according to

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