Prematurity: an overview and public health implications.

  title={Prematurity: an overview and public health implications.},
  author={Marie C McCormick and Jonathan S. Litt and Vincent C. Smith and John A. F. Zupancic},
  journal={Annual review of public health},
The high rate of premature births in the United States remains a public health concern. These infants experience substantial morbidity and mortality in the newborn period, which translate into significant medical costs. In early childhood, survivors are characterized by a variety of health problems, including motor delay and/or cerebral palsy, lower IQs, behavior problems, and respiratory illness, especially asthma. Many experience difficulty with school work, lower health-related quality of… CONTINUE READING

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