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Depression May Lead to More Preemies Among Blacks
Date:6/16/2009

ay indirectly contribute to the greater odds of preterm birth found among black women."

Another possibility is that the higher preterm birth rate among black women might be the result of "weathering," or accelerated declines in health because of socioeconomic or other factors, she said.

"What some people experience by being black takes a toll on the physiological system, and over time, wear and tear that occurs across neural, neuroendocrine and immune systems as a result of chronic exposure to stressors lead to health disparities for blacks," Gavin said. "Some of this may manifest itself in premature birth and low-birth weight."

More information

The March of Dimes has more on premature birth.



-- Jennifer Thomas



SOURCE: University of Washington, news release, June 10, 2009


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