Health Watch - Special Populations: Children

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about health concerns that are specific to certain groups. Sometimes the risks for certain conditions are related to physical or genetic differences within certain groups, and sometimes the differences are due to the health care these groups receive. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that there are distinct differences in the health situations of children in certain ethnic groups.

Dr. Glenn Flores, a UT Southwestern pediatrician, says these disparities among children will likely continue to adulthood if they aren’t addressed. Researchers found that African American, multiracial and Native American children were more likely to have asthma. Native American children have a higher rate of hearing and vision problems and diabetes. Multiracial children are more likely to have digestive allergies, while African American children have a higher rate of skin allergies. Multiracial, African American and Native American children were all less likely to receive needed dental care.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/pediatrics to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in pediatrics.

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September 2009


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