Slightly premature birth linked to future health, socioeconomic disadvantages

10/1/2013 | Reuters ·

Slightly preterm babies had a 65% greater likelihood of being manual workers later in life and were 31% more likely to receive only basic or secondary school education compared with full-term babies, Finnish researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. In another study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, researchers found that babies born at 37 to 38 weeks had higher rates of neonatal intensive care unit admissions as well as specific interventions after birth compared with those born at 39 to 41 weeks.

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