Reducing low birth weight: prioritizing action to address modifiable risk factors

Authors: Johnson, C.D., Jones, s. & Paranjothy,S.

Source: J Public Health (Oxf) 2017; 39 (1): 122-131. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv212

Low birth weight (LBW) affects 6.9% of all UK births and has remained largely unchanged for many years. The United Nations and the World Health Assembly have set targets to substantially reduce global incidence. Understanding the contribution of modifiable risk factors to the burden of LBW is required to ensure appropriate interventions are in place to achieve this reduction.

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