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Newborns of South Asian and East Asian descent misclassified as underweight at birth: Study
Date:5/26/2009

ian in the weeks and months after birth.

According to the study, between 19 and 34 per 1,000 infants born to mothers of East Asian origin and between 80 and 84 per 1,000 infants born to mothers of South Asian origin would be miscategorized as small for gestational age at birth. The researchers also found that infants of Canadian-born mothers weighed, on average, 144 grams and 218 grams more than newborns of mothers of East Asian and South Asian origin.

"We recommend that our curves be tested on more Canadians, and be expanded to other ethnic groups, as well," said Dr. Ray. "More importantly, careful use of these curves should be mandated in their application to infants of mothers of East Asian and South Asian origin."

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