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Severely premature babies: More survive being born early


4 December 2012 

Severely premature babies: More survive being born early

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News





More premature babies, born before 26 weeks, are surviving than ever before, according to a detailed analysis of the figures for England.

Severely premature babies were more likely to survive in 2006 than in 1995, the EPICure study found.

There was, however, no improvement before 24 weeks - which is the legal limit for abortion.

The figures, published in the British Medical Journal, also indicate the odds of severe disability have not changed.

Life can hang in the balance for children born prematurely, as their bodies are physically not ready for life outside of the womb.

The earlier they are born, the greater risk. (...)

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20583678

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