Obstetrics & gynaecology

Drop in infant mortality mainly due to drop across maternal age

(HealthDay)—Most of the decline in infant mortality rates from 2000 to 2017 was due to declines in rates across maternal age groups, according to the June 25 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. ...

Health

Early-life mortality risk higher in ART-conceived children

(HealthDay)—Compared with children who are naturally conceived, children who are conceived via assisted reproductive techniques (ART) may be at increased risk for mortality during their first year of life, according to ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Africa, Latin America fragile targets for coronavirus spread

The West African nation of Mali has roughly one ventilator per 1 million of its people—20 in all to help the critically ill. In Peru, with more than 32 million people, about 350 beds in intensive care units exist.

Cardiology

For kids with heart defects, the hospital near mom may matter

Heart problems are often associated with older people. But every year about 1 in 110 children in the United States are born with congenital heart disease, which include a variety of defects ranging from holes in the heart ...

Pediatrics

2003 to 2017 saw drop in infant mortality due to birth defects

From 2003 to 2017, there was a decrease in infant mortality attributable to birth defects (IMBD) overall, although considerable differences were seen in the decreases by maternal and infant characteristics, according to research ...

Health

CDC: U.S. life expectancy up slightly, mortality lower in 2017

(HealthDay)—Life expectancy has increased slightly in the United States, and mortality is lower than in 2007, according to a report published Oct. 30 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center ...

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