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By Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Hurricanes May Cause Stillbirths

The stress triggered by a natural disaster may be enough to cause stillbirths, the Daily Mail reports. Researchers studying hurricanes Katrina and Rita found that the risk of stillbirths increased proportionately with the magnitude of damage that areas received, where some rates were 40% higher than normal. The finding, published online this month in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, notes that fetal impact may be greater because many of the residents are left unaccounted for after being displaced by the storms.

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