One in eight babies -- well over half a million a year -- are born prematurely, a toll that's risen steadily for two decades with no sign of stopping.
The government this week begins an unprecedented push to figure out why, with special aim at preterm births that may be lowered: so-called late preemies, those born weeks, not months, early.
The U.S. has the highest C-Section rate at 31% in 2006. How about working to cut the rate of C-Sections, especially those that are medically unnecessary. I would not be surprised to see a drop in premature births if the C-Section rate were to go down.
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