Health Watch — Pediatric Care: Racial Disparities
(Part 2)

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about caring for children. Previously, we discussed a study that found that children from racial minority groups don’t get the same level of medical care as their white counterparts. Not only are these children less likely to see a doctor, but they may also be more likely to suffer from certain medical conditions.

African-American, Native American and multiracial children are more likely to have asthma. Native American children are more prone to hearing and vision problems and diabetes. Multiracial children are more likely to have digestive allergies, while skin allergies are more common in African-American children. Dr. Glenn Flores, a pediatrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says eliminating health-care disparities will require better access to care and targeted community interventions.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical service in pediatrics. 


February 2008

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