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CDC: Issues from preterm birth lead cause for infant deaths


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Halfway through Mattina Davenport's first trimester, she named her daughter Maliyah Rose. Maliyah — like Obama's Malia — and Rose, a bringer of beauty.

It was 2015, and though Davenport wanted Maliyah, she hadn't yet meant to get pregnant. A graduate student at MU, she was working two assistantships, juggling a clinical rotation and putting the finishing touches on her master's thesis, not to mention completing qualifying exams to pursue a doctorate.

She was the only African-American student in her graduate program, and racial tensions on the MU campus were boilin...

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