A recent study looked at the child mortality rates of 20 wealthy nations and revealed that infants born in the United States are less likely to survive within their first year.
A report published in the journal, Health Affairs, concluded that the US still has problems in tackling child mortality. Researchers extrapolated data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Part of the study involved looking at child mortality rates between 1961 and 2010 in the US and other rich nations in the OECD, which consists of 35 countries. The program was founded with the sole purpose of improving social well-being and economic development across the world.
„The US is the most dangerous of wealthy democratic countries in the world for children,” said Dr. Ashish Thakrar, lead author of the study and an internal medicine resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System in Baltimore.
According to Dr. Thakrar, both male and female children regardless of their age have been dying more often in the US than in other rich countries since the 1980s.
The study established several reasons for the mortality spike including automobile accidents and firearm assaults.
Researchers found that premature births and sudden infant death syndrome were some of the leading causes of death in the past ten years. More so, children born in the US were three times likelier to die from premature births and twice more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Teenagers were another affected group, the researchers found. Teens from the US were twice as likely to die from automobile accidents and 82 times more likely to die from gun homicide than in other wealthy countries.
The other countries involved in the study include Australia, Canda, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Austria, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and Switzerland.
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