Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Poor kids getting the worst of it with asthma and ADHD

According to reporter Steve Reinberg, HealthDay News, more kids are being tagged with asthma and ADHD--and among them, poor kids are being hit the hardest because they are twice as likely to have an additional problem such as autism, depression, anxiety, behavior problems, speech and language issues, epilepsy, and learning disabilities.

Whew. Terrible. Isn't being a helpless kid bad enough?

The reason for the increase isn't clear--but increased access to health care and more health literacy may contribute--meaning more
                                                      is being diagnosed than before.

The study did not look at causes, though.

The researchers looked at the National Survey for Children's Health for 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2012. The findings are prelimary because they have not been peer-reviewed.

More frequent health care, they speculate, might help poor children.

That's one for The Big Book of Duh, if you ask me.

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