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Nevada gets grade for premature births

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The state of Nevada is slated to learn its grade Tuesday when it comes to premature births.

The March of Dimes Nevada Chapter was scheduled to announce the state's results on the 2012 Report Card for Preterm Births, during a media conference at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.

According to the March of Dimes, preterm birth is defined as any birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. The organization said it costs the United States more than $26 billion annually in terms of hospitalization and future medical care.

The organization also said those who are born premature are at risk of lasting health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities.

The announcement, which is slated for 9 a.m. Tuesday, comes as the March of Dimes observes World Prematurity Day.

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