Last week the CDC released the most recent data on infant mortality in the United States. The good news is that infant mortality in the US has declined, the bad news is that it has not declined nearly as much here as it has in many other countries, and the US is now 29th in the world – tied with Poland and Slovakia:

What I find so surprising about this is less that the US is declining in its relative ranking, but who now tops the list. Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan are now on top, followed by the Scandinavian countries. Canada and the UK are actually doing not much better than the US.

The reasons for the success of these countries in recent years is really interesting to think about and remains one of the great big areas that we know very little about.

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