Increased incidents of premature and low-weight babies of any creed, color, or ethnicity due to significant spikes in anomalously vicious stress factors inflicted upon pregnant mothers is worrying news indeed. It's a leading indicator if any of the grave crisis gripping the societies harboring such life-challenging developments and gestational stressors. More so perhaps than the resultants of many another methodology.
The ugly wave of anti-Arab feelings immediately after Sept. 11, 2001, may have been responsible for a sharp increase in the incidence of premature and low-birth-weight babies born to women of Arab descent in the United States in the months that followed the terrorist attacks.
The evidence is circumstantial but compelling, epidemiologist Diane S. Lauderdale of the University of Chicago says in the latest issue of Demography.