World Prematurity Day: Harnessing Science to Address Preterm Birth

World Prematurity Day: Harnessing Science to Address Preterm Birth

Source: On the Pulse

When you see pictures of tiny preterm babies, you likelymarvel at how they fit in the palm of a hand, or how a wedding ring can slideup their arm and reach their elbow. What you may not consider is the lifelongtoll premature birth can have on a person – if they survive it at all. New research shows that for the first time ever, pretermbirth is now the leading cause of death for all children under age 5 around theworld. More than 15 million babies are born too soon every year,and nearly one million of them don’t survive infancy. Those who do survive areoften faced with lasting health issues such as cerebral palsy, developmentaldelays, or respiratory, vision and hearing problems. The burden is magnified inmany developing countries, where world-class neonatal intensive care units, letalone a basic level of healthcare, are not available.

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