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Title: Birth Weight: Ethnic differences and health outcomes in childhood
Authors: LEE JEN-MAI, JEANNETTE
Keywords: birth weight, mortality, hospitalization, asthma, cancer
Issue Date: 10-May-2006
Source: LEE JEN-MAI, JEANNETTE (2006-05-10). Birth Weight: Ethnic differences and health outcomes in childhood. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Aim:To assess the effect of birth weight on infant mortality and morbidity outcomes in early childhood.Methodology:Four prospective population-based studies conducted using national health registries.Main findings:(i) The effect of birth weight on infant mortality show the existence of the a??low birth weighta?? paradox in Asian Indians but not Malay babies.(ii) Both early gestational age and lower birth weights were associated with increased rates of hospitalization in children between 1-5 yrs of age.(iii) Birth weight was not associated with incident asthma admissions for children aged between 0-<2 or 2-5 yrs of age (iv) High birth weight (>3499gms) was associated with childhood cancer between 0-5 yrs of age.(v) Respiratory tract infection, gender and ethnic group were also associated with asthma admission.Conclusion:Birth weight plays a role in some but not all morbidity outcomes. However further epidemiological research is required to confirm these findings.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/15248
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