Study: Ethnicity helps to determine newborn risk

08/2/2013 | Reuters

A study found using population averages for birth-weight standards may not accurately determine whether full-term or near-term babies are likely to face problems associated with being small for their gestational age, University of British Columbia researchers reported in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study of more than 100,000 single births found using size alone only predicted an infant's risk of hypothermia and need for NICU care, while adding ethnicity to the mix predicted a greater number of potential problems.

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