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Poverty exacerbates disabling conditions, says study

ĘThe prevalence of disability has increased markedly in children between 1979 and 2000, says a new study in the current (March, 2003) issue of the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, but far moreso in black children. "Black children have higher rates of disability primarily owing to their increased exposure to poverty," say researchers.

Using information from CDC National Health Interview Surveys from1979-2000, the reasearchers analyzed data on 419,843 children younger than 18 years -- 22,758 with a disability.

"The prevalence of disabling conditions increased 47 percent over the years in whites and 77 percent in blacks," reported the ASsociated Press. "By 1999-2000, 67 out of 1,000 black youngsters and about 60 out of 1,000 whites had disabling conditions, and blacks were 13 percent more likely to be afflicted."

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Contact the study's principal author, Paul W. Newacheck, DrPH, at the Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, 3333 California St, Suite 265, San Francisco, CA 94118 (e-mail:

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