Newborn death rate drops in US

November 20, 2014 12:31 PM

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Newborn death rate drops in US

The death rate of U.S. newborns during the first week of life has decreased by 8 percent in recent years, but the rate of stillbirths late in pregnancy has held steady, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report will help researchers understand the health of pregnant women in the United States, said lead researcher Elizabeth Gregory, a health statistician with the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

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