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Searching for preventable causes of infant mortality in Texas.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9210845     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Texas' health objectives include reducing the infant mortality rate from 8.1 per 1000 live births in 1990 to no more than 7 per 1000 by the year 2000. To help target potentially preventable causes of infant mortality, we examined the underlying cause of each of the 2545 infant deaths that occurred in Texas during 1990. Potential existed for primary prevention of the underlying cause of at least some of 778 infant deaths and for secondary prevention by treating the underlying causes of 1127. The following appear to be the most promising targets and strategies for prevention: causes of neonatal mortality by improving the clinical care of high-risk newborns; sudden infant death syndrome by having infants sleep in the supine position; respiratory complications of preterm birth by preventive and therapeutic surfactant; death from bacterial infections by optimal antibiotic therapy; injuries and accidents by optimal parental supervision; preterm birth and adverse pregnancy outcomes by optimal prenatal, obstetric, and neonatal care; and neural tube defects by adequate paraconceptual folic acid.
G R Kerr; J Ying; W Spears
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Texas medicine     Volume:  93     ISSN:  0040-4470     ISO Abbreviation:  Tex Med     Publication Date:  1997 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-08-14     Completed Date:  1997-08-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0051012     Medline TA:  Tex Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Texas at Houston, School of Public Health, Texas 77225, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cause of Death / trends
Infant Mortality* / trends
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases / mortality,  prevention & control*
Retrospective Studies
Texas / epidemiology

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