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Study Finds US Leads OECD Countries in Childhood Deaths

Findings from a new study show that US children are 70% more likely to die before adulthood than children in other wealthy nations.  The study, published in Health Affairs, ranked 20 OECD countries on childhood deaths and the US came in last.  Infant and teenagers have the greatest disparities in mortality. The leading causes of perinatal mortality were extreme immaturity and sudden infant death syndrome.  Researches examined mortality trends for the US and nineteen comparator nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for children ages 0–19 from 1961 to 2010 using publicly available data.

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