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Baby deaths blamed on lifestyle

31st January 2008

A study has found that baby deaths in parts of central Yorkshire are double the national average.

Poor lifestyle is blamed with the study in Dewsbury revealing that 34% of mothers smoke right up to giving birth; 39% are obese or overweight and 46% of child-bearing age women binge-drink. New cases of rickets directly linked to a lack of vitamin D are being diagnosed in the area every week.

An action plan to address the issues raised by the study has been drawn up by Kirklees Primary Care Trust, the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Kirklees Council.

 

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