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U.S. kids relatively unhealthy

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BALTIMORE, Sep 17, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A health researcher says the health of U.S. children is worse in virtually all categories when compared to children in other industrialized countries.

Barbara Starfield, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose work is summarized in the latest issue of the journal Health Affairs, found that 24 countries ranked better than the United States in infant mortality rates in 2000.

She said that out of 191 countries, the United States ranked 33rd in its death rate for children under age 5.

The United States, out of 187 countries, ranked 68th in immunizing children against diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus; 89th for polio; and 84th for measles.

U.S. teens ranked 18th out of 28 industrialized countries in a self-reported survey of not feeling healthy.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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