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Study: US Babies More Likely to Die Than 19 Other Nations

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In this Aug. 23, 2016 photo, Tim Marvin points to the hand print of his deceased daughter while at his home in Greeley, Colorado. (Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:58 PM

American babies are 76 percent more likely to die before they turn a year old than babies in other rich countries, a new study shows.

The study published in the journal Health Affairs — and reported by the Washington Post — also showed that U.S. children who survive infancy are 57 percent more likely to die before adulthood.

"Overall child mortality in wealthy countries, including the U.S., is improving, but the progress our country has made is considerably slower than progress elsewhere," Dr. Ashish Thakrar, an internal medicine resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and a lead author of the study, wrote, adding: "Now is not the time to defund the programs that support our children's health."

The study compared the United States to 19 other wealthy nations in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and found that if America had kept pace with average childhood mortality rates in those countries, 600,000 young lives could have been saved since 1961.

The results reveal a startling trend, the Post noted: In the 1960s the United States had significantly lower child mortality rates than the other rich countries included in the study. But starting in the 1970s, that changed.

Among infants, that shift was driven primarily by changes in the U.S. premature birth rate, which is the highest in the developed world; the rate of babies born before 25 weeks gestation is three times higher than the OECD average, the Post reported.

Among older children, the United Stands stands out on our rate of deaths by injury — in particular, teens between 15 and 19 are 82 times more likely than teens in other rich countries to die of a gun homicide, the Post reported.

Among black American adolescents, gun homicides are the leading cause of death in the United States.

"Persistently high poverty rates, poor educational outcomes, and a relatively weak social safety net have made the U.S. the most dangerous of wealthy nations for a child to be born into," the study concludes, the Post reported.

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