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In Turnabout, Infant Deaths Climb in South

The NYT is reporting that states with large black populations and expanses of enduring poverty made steady were making progress in reducing infant death. But progress has stalled and in recent years the death rate has risen in Mississippi and several other states. The setbacks have raised questions about the impact of cuts in welfare and Medicaid and of poor access to doctors, and, many doctors say, the growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension among potential mothers, some of whom tip the scales at 300 pounds. The article uses many doctors for sources and follows two poor families where infant deaths have affected their lives. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/health/22infant.html?pagewanted=3&_r=1&hp&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1177257877-oX6eDj/jFNYb7G2mw+WORA