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Lead Levels Down in U.S. Kids, But Asthma Cases Rising: EPA
Date:1/25/2013

clined, according to the report.

Emergency room visits for asthma fell from 114 visits per 10,000 children in 1996 to 103 visits per 10,000 children in 2008, the investigators found. From 1996 to 2008, hospitalizations for asthma and for all other respiratory causes dropped from 90 to 56 per 10,000 children.

The report also noted that rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and preterm births have risen, but there is no conclusive information on the role that environmental contaminants might play in those conditions.

"Although we are encouraged by these findings, there is still much work to be done," Jackson said. "By monitoring trends, identifying successes and shedding light on areas that need further evaluation, we can continue to improve the health of our children and all Americans."

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency outlines what you can do to protect children from environmental risks.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, news release, Jan. 25, 2013


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