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Premature birth ‘biggest killer’
BBC News

A study in the Lancet shows it accounts for more than one million deaths per year – mostly in the developing world.

The complications of childbirth accounted for another 720,000 deaths a year.

Being born too soon – when the lungs, brain and other organs have not developed – can make babies highly vulnerable.

These figures are significant as for the first time neonatal conditions have overtaken infectious diseases such as pneumonia as the biggest childhood killer.