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 in the journal Pediatric Research. Boys born too soon had a greater likelihood of infant death, disability and blindness compared with female preemies. Researcher Dr. Joy Lawn said about 7% of premature infants who survived had vision loss and neurologic-developmental impairments, such as cerebral palsy and learning disabilities.

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