Boys are more prone to premature birth, complications, study finds

Globally, approximately 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks of gestation every year, and about 55% of premature births in 2010 were male, according to an analysis published Thursday in the journal Pediatric Research. Boys born too soon had a greater likelihood of infant death, disability and blindness compared with female preemies. "Throughout development, girls are a little bit ahead of boys. Girls walk before boys, they talk before boys and it's also true in utero," lead researcher Joy Lawn said.

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