Following three years of increases.

The 2008 preliminary preterm birth rate dropped to 12.3 %, from the 2006 final rate of 12.8 %. The March of Dimes says 79 % of the decline was among infants born only a few weeks too early. Overall, the United States received a ‘D’ on the report cards, when nationwide preterm birth rates are measured against the Healthy People 2010 goals. AMERICA has a higher rate of preterm birth compared to top scoring claims and, notably, most industrialized countries. ‘The policy changes and programs to avoid preterm birth our volunteers and staff have worked so hard to bring about are starting to pay back,’ stated Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. ‘The two-year decline we have seen nationwide, though little, are encouraging. This decline is believed by us may be the beginning of a trend, but must be supported by better health care, new study and adoption of intervention programs to lower the risk of preterm birth.Patients were randomized to get either apixaban 5mg daily or aspirin 81mg to 324 mg once daily twice. Conducted in 36 countries, the study was coordinated by the Population Health Analysis Institute at McMaster University and at Hamilton Health Sciences. The AVERROES investigators have already been informed of the decision to avoid the scholarly study. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer are working to close out the analysis and to ensure that patients are educated of the opportunity to start out treatment with apixaban within an open-label expansion.