Black infant mortality raises alarm

Black infant mortality raises alarm

There are 6 comments on the Omaha World-Herald story from Sep 24, 2011, titled Black infant mortality raises alarm. In it, Omaha World-Herald reports that:

It's vital to make healthy choices before getting pregnant, says the March of Dimes.

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Pam Zyck

Omaha, NE

#1 Sep 27, 2011
I recently read an article by Dr Robert Heaney from Creighton University regarding Vitamin D.
In the article, Heaney noted that an "astounding 98 percent of African-American teenage girls are Vitamin D deficient." The article goes on to report that Vitamin D deficiency is "implicated in...premature births..."
I wonder if it would be reasonable to consider assessment of Vitamin D levels in these women as part of their pre-natal care. If the moms are Vitamin D deficient, the babies are probably Vitamin D deficient at birth. Does a low Vitamin D level in infants contribute to their mortality?
I know the Infant Mortality rate in Douglas County has many causes. I would just like to comment that research into Vitamin defiency, especially Vitamin D, in infant mortality would be worthwhile.
Thanks for taking the time to read my comment.
Pam Zyck RN

Since: Oct 07

Bean Town.

#2 Sep 28, 2011
Many African American friends over the years have told me that they are lactose intolerant. Is this common among African-Americans? And if so, would that account for the high rate of vitamin D deficiency?

Omaha, NE

#3 Jan 11, 2012
Why is it politically correct to illustrate factual biological differences which show blacks as victims or create feelings of empathy?

If biological, factual differences among the races paint blacks negatively then that subject is verbotten.

Why the double standard?

Omaha, NE

#5 Jan 29, 2012
Im a white 50something woman who just found out my D level is wayyyy low. I'm on mega doses now and I'm sure glad my doc checked my levels. I drink a lot of milk, but I do stay out of the sun

New York, NY

#6 Oct 3, 2012
Healthy choices does make a difference for the pregnant woman and her baby. Whatever food, drinks and even medications that pregnant women takes in may affect their babies' health. Thus they are advised to avoid certain medications to prevent birth defects. Women who are taking Zoloft are contemplating on quitting the drug before getting pregnant due to the news about the link between Zoloft and birth defects. Learn about it at
Masud_S_Hoghughi __


#7 Oct 3, 2012
....and this is a bad thing???.......surely the less niccuz there r the better this is for the rest of society.......

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