Infant Mortality Higher in African Americans

By | March 5, 2014

A woman by the name of Corran Brown is an African-American woman, and an example of how some illnesses discriminate with higher infant mortality rates. She gave birth at 7 months after doctors gave the baby a shot to accelerate the development of his lungs. For six weeks, Brown had to wear gloves to touch her son through the incubator panels. Health officials say African-Americans have always been at a higher risk than whites when it comes to birth defects and diabetes.

Brown was able to take her son home after he reached four-and-a-half pounds, but even now he is at a disparate risk as African-American babies are allegedly two-and-a-half to three times more likely than white babies to die within the first year of life. They also suffer worse outcomes than any other major ethnic group.

Some believe this disparity results from the disproportionate poverty in African-American communities. African-Americans are also more likely to suffer from obesity, drug use, and diabetes, as some claim. Tyan Parker Dominguez with the University of Southern California researches this kind of disparity. She says there is a very strong correlation between class and health, which is probably the variable that is driving the disparity. (Liberty Voice)

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