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BACKGROUND The fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG 5) established the goal of a 75% reduction in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR; number of maternal deaths per 100,000 livebirths) between 1990 and 2015. We aimed to measure levels and track trends in maternal mortality, the key causes contributing to maternal death, and timing of maternal death with(More)
BACKGROUND Remarkable financial and political efforts have been focused on the reduction of child mortality during the past few decades. Timely measurements of levels and trends in under-5 mortality are important to assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG 4) target of reduction of child mortality by two thirds from 1990 to 2015, and(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to describe the trends and determinants of cesarean section (CS) delivery rates in rural China. STUDY DESIGN Data on rural primiparous women aged 15-49 years (n = 10,754) were obtained from 3 nationwide representative surveys in 1993, 1998, and 2003. The CS rate per 100 births and odds ratios by women's background(More)
BACKGROUND In September, 2015, the UN General Assembly established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs specify 17 universal goals, 169 targets, and 230 indicators leading up to 2030. We provide an analysis of 33 health-related SDG indicators based on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2015 (GBD 2015). METHODS We(More)
The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is responsible for holding hearings, issuing decisions, and reviewing appeals as part of the Social Security Administration's disability determining process. In order to control and process cases, the ODAR has established a Case Processing and Management System (CPMS) to record management information(More)
The article proposes a unified least squares method to estimate the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) parameters for continuous and ordinal diagnostic tests, such as cancer biomarkers. The method is based on a linear model framework using the empirically estimated sensitivities and specificities as input "data." It gives consistent estimates for(More)
Why does the VIX and market return explain changes in credit spreads? Existing literature suggests these factors proxy for macroeconomic risk. In this paper, we investigate an alternative hypothesis that the VIX in its role as a fear index impacts intermediary and arbitrageur capital, impacting spreads and resulting in decreased market integration across(More)
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