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FEB 25, 2013 - Forbes

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Did Russia's Infant Mortality Rate Just Skyrocket?

A Washington Post story about Russia's attempts to combat excessive smoking and drinking noted the following (emphasis added): The latest government health figures suggest the difficulty ahead: Last year, 2,500 more people died than were born, and the infant mortality rate rose to 8.7 deaths per 1,000 births from 7.1 in 2011 after a dozen years of dramatic decline. Now that sounds pretty awful. A 22% increase in the infant mortality rate in a single year suggests an outright collapse in the public health system. Considering that Russia's demographic indicators have been consistently ... Read More

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