Why the US is 'the most dangerous of wealthy nations for a child to be born into'

Medical Xpress| Fri Jan 12 01:03:30 EST 2018
It's no surprise that the United States ranks absolutely last in child mortality among the world's wealthiest countries—that's been true for years. A new study examines how this sad situation came to be. According to data from the World Health Organization and the global Human Mortality Database, the problems go all the way back to the 1960s. It was during that decade that the U.S. infant mortality rate (for babies less than a year old) and the U.S. childhood mortality rate (for those between the ages of 1 and 19) began to exceed the combined rates for the other 19 richest nations. If the United States had performed as well as its peer countries between 1961 and 2010, more than 600,000 child..

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