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High U.S. death rate for newborns

OfficialWire News Bureau reports today that a global study shows that the "United States now trails 40 other countries when it comes to risk of newborn death with a newborn death rate of 4.3 per 1,000 live births. In 1990 the United States had the 28th lowest risk."

Countries better at saving their newborns include Malaysia, Cuba, and Poland.

The report also included this less suprising, but sad, facts: "Afghan babies face the greatest risks, with one of every 19 dying in the first month of life. India has the greatest number of newborn deaths overall — more than 900,000 annually."

(About photo: This AP photo show Afghan children playing. These are the luckier ones. They survived their newborn years only to face war years as children)