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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

It's no surprise that the United States ranks absolutely last in child mortality among the world's wealthiest countries -- that's been true for years. A new study examines how this sad situation came to be. According to data from the World Health Organization and the global Human Mortality Database, the problems go all the way back to the 1960s. It was during that decade that the U.S. infant mortality rate (for babies less than a year old) and the U.S. childhood mortality rate (for those between the ages of 1 and 19) began to exceed the combined rates for the other 19 richest nations. If the United States had performed as well as its peer countries between 1961 and 2010, more than 600,000 childhood deaths could have been avoided over those 50 years, the study authors concluded. The results were published Monday in the journal Health Affairs.

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And things could soon get even worse, the authors added: The Trump administration's budget includes "substantial cuts to the Children's Health Insurance Program, which covers seven million children, and to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which directs three-quarters of its benefits to households with children."

But there's plenty of evidence that things were bad already. Babies born in the United States have a lower life expectancy than their counterparts in other countries. ...

The result is that the United States is "the most dangerous of wealthy nations for a child to be born into," the study authors concluded.

"All US policy makers, pediatric health professionals, child health advocates, and families should be troubled by these findings."

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Love the fetus, hate the child.

#1 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-08 08:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Screw kids
- GOP

#2 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-08 09:37 PM | Reply

last in family values, see: war on _____, but mostly drugs.

#3 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-09 11:26 PM | Reply

Must be more of that "best healthcare in the world" we keep hearing about.

#4 | Posted by morris at 2018-01-10 12:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But hey, the 1% got them some tax cuts! Yay!

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-10 06:42 AM | Reply

One more measure of the class warfare in this country, which is a hidden agenda in the MSM.

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-10 07:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Of course, when some rich white guy or white politician has a child with an expensive, life-threatening condition the matter is pumped up by the media, with the parents called' heroes', the docs described as 'world-class' and the sick child 'courageous'. When the sick kid comes from a poor/minority/Muslim family the parents are treated as the cause, the medical professionals 'over-worked' and the sick child seen as a nuisance. Something's gotta change...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2018-01-10 08:41 AM | Reply

Has the Republican controlled Congress funded CHIPS yet? Those folks are vampires. Paul Ryan even looks like one.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-10 09:12 AM | Reply

Good article.

If I interpreted it correctly then it says mortality rates have dropped here but they have dropped much more in OECD19.

3 top causes....SIDs, auto accidents, and guns. I'm sure the next study will add prescription drug ODs to the list.

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-10 09:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If only those children had lived their lives right they wouldn't get sick and die like that.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-10 10:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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So much for the "pro-life" Republican majority.
*facepalm*
Silly me, I forgot: they only care about fetuses, not children.

#11 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-01-10 10:23 AM | Reply

"So much for the "pro-life" Republican majority. *facepalm* Silly me, I forgot: they only care about fetuses, not children." - #11 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-01-10 10:23 AM

The GOP has renamed their "pro-life" platform:

All your womb are belong to us

#12 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-10 11:24 AM | Reply

That moment when you actually do research and find out the "cause of death" is reported differently in each country and what is "preventable" is speculative and different across each country...and both definitions have changed multiple times in the last 2 decades. It's pretty sad when a biased organization won't even mention that the controls in use are not actually controls but definitions based on opinions that change over time, based on other opinions. In one country, a "preventable" death isn't considered preventable in another country in this list. In one case I read, and I assume this is a very rare example but still an example, a religious hospital in a region controlled by religion declared a baby born with a degenerative heart disease and only lived a month I think was considered preventable because the parents knew the kid was going to have the problem and told the parents not to have it. Since they did anyway, it was considered preventable.

Please, by all means, don't believe me. Do your own research. That's the entire purpose of this post anyways.

#13 | Posted by humtake at 2018-01-10 11:57 AM | Reply

It would be nice if "pro life" included feeding and caring for children.

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-10 12:23 PM | Reply

That moment when you actually do research and find out the "cause of death" is reported differently in each country and what is "preventable" is speculative and different across each country...

#13 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

That moment when you actually do research and find out the World Health Organization attempts to control for the disparities you try to muddy the waters with to protect your political party from the consequences of its own policies.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-10 04:22 PM | Reply

#15

" the problems go all the way back to the 1960s. It was during that decade ..."

DEFINITELY one parties problem alone.

#16 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2018-01-10 04:27 PM | Reply

"In one country, a "preventable" death isn't considered preventable in another country in this list.
#13 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE"

Yeah like here, gun deaths are not preventable. See: 2nd Amendment.

#17 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2018-01-10 05:18 PM | Reply

No number of childhood gun deaths will get them to give up their guns.

Gunned down children are a proxy for freedom. If children didn't die from guns in such great numbers, it could only come about from a comprehensive gun ban, and that's worse than death.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-10 06:16 PM | Reply

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