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Minister says low birth weight key cause of children’s deaths in Thar

KARACHI: Provincial Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho has said that low birth weight is one of the major causes of the deaths of children in Thar as around half of the children die within one month of their birth. “Around 50 per cent children die in Thar within one month of their birth and the leading causes of children's deaths are low birth weight, septicaemia and birth asphyxia or deprivation of oxygen at the time of birth,” the minister said while addressing a press conference. The provincial health ministry was…

Traffic pollution tied to low-birth-weight risk: study

NEW YORK: Air pollution, but not traffic noise, appears to be linked to an increased risk of having low-birth-weight babies, reports a new study from the UK. Previous studies have tied road traffic air pollution to low birth weight. Road traffic produces noise as well as pollution, but studies of noise pollution have had conflicting results, say the authors. “We know that noise is associated with adverse health effects, e.g. sleep disruption, increased blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease, so it could plausibly…