CURRENT RESEARCH: Preterm birth complications, pneumonia are leading causes of death in children under five years

5 Oct

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Complications from preterm (premature) births and pneumonia are now the leading causes of death in children under five years, together responsible for nearly 2 million deaths in 2013, according to the latest estimates.

Researchers led by Professor Robert Black, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, used the latest available data and modelling methods to examine what caused an estimated 6·3 million deaths of newborn babies (neonates) and children under five years in 2013.

They found that complications from preterm birth were the largest single cause, responsible for 965000 deaths in under-fives, with pneumonia responsible for a further 935000 deaths, and complications from childbirth (intrapartum complications) the next leading cause, responsible for 662,000 deaths.

Read More Here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140930212036.htm

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