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This handout photo from the March of Dimes Foundation shows a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y (AP Photo/Jennifer Coate, March of Dimes Foundation)

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 15 million premature babies are born every year — more than 1 in 10 of the world’s births and a bigger problem than previously believed, according to the first country-by-country estimates of this obstetric epidemic.

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