In the United States, the anticipated mortality rate for infants weighing less than 500 g who were born in the 1980s was nearly 100%, according to researchers.
In the following decades, advances in science and medicine have dramatically improved the odds of survival for the smallest babies. For example, a retrospective multicenter cohort study published in April in JAMA Pediatrics showed that with active treatment, about 26% of infants weighing less than 400 g — or slightly less than 1 lb — survived to discharge.
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