Infant mortality has risen in the US for the first time in 45 years, new US government figures have revealed. The worrying rise is being blamed partly on the increasing use of assisted reproductive therapies such as IVF by couples with fertility problems.
Between 2001 and 2002, the number of US infants dying within their first year for every 1000 live births climbed from 6.8 to 7.0, says the report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is equivalent to nearly 500 additional infant deaths.
Until now, infant mortality in the US has declined every year since 1958. Most of the increase is due to a higher proportion of babies aged less than 28 days old dying.