Research!America has released an update to one of its "Investment in Research Saves Lives and Money" fact sheets. The 19th in the series, focusing on prematurity, was updated this spring with support from the March of Dimes Foundation.
Research has led the way to a dramatic, fourfold decrease in infant death rates since 1950, and it has played a critical role in reducing the number of premature births as well. Besides lives saved, hydroxyprogesteroneâa hormone that can reduce preterm birthâsaved as much as $450 million per year and $2 billion over the lifetime of babies who would have otherwise been born premature by preventing major health problems associated with prematurity.
The Albert andMary Lasker Foundation is a founding partner in the "Investment in Research Saves Lives and Money" fact sheet series.
To download the fact sheet, click here.