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Murder Bottles

Many Victorian mothers, while intending to provide the best food and feeding methods for their infants, tragically caused the deaths of their own little ones. Although doctors condemned the bottles and infant mortality rates of the time were shocking – only two out of ten infants lived to their second birthday – parents continued to buy and use them. The bottles eventually earned the nickname, “Murder Bottles.”

from Washington Post

‘A premature and unnatural death’ in rural Oklahoma

White women between 25 and 55 have been dying at accelerating rates over the past decade, a spike in mortality not seen since the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s.

from BBC News

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

Why Finnish Babies Sleep in Cardboard Boxes. An excellent article about birth packs in Finland.

from Washington Post

The latest overdose outbreak shows just how dangerous the heroin epidemic has gotten

In Pennsylvania, children apparently have the final say — short of involuntary commitment through the courts — on getting drug treatment.

Two Memento Mori gold rings from the 17th century - Mortality rates were high in the 16th and 17th century due to war, plague and famine and Memento Mori rings such as these examples were intended to remind the wearer of their mortal state. - Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897;WA1899.CDEF.F476 and WA1899.CDEF.F520

from The Huffington Post

More Mothers Dying To Have A Child

Fact Of The Day #26: Maternal Mortality Rate Rising Despite Expensive Care (INFOGRAPHIC)

Victorian death photosserved less as a reminder of mortality than as a keepsake to remember the deceased. This was especially common with infants and young children; Victorian era childhood mortality rates were extremely high, and a post-mortem photograph might have been the only image of the child the family ever had.

from CBS News

U.S. infant mortality rate worse than other countries

Infant Mortality rates. The United States is more than double that of the countries with the lowest rates.