Your Health: Jul. 22, 2002

KIDDIE CORNER Despite growing weight problems, America's children are generally doing better than ever, according to a massive government report. It shows that 82% of kids today are in very good or excellent health. Infant mortality has dropped by nearly half from two decades ago to 6.9 deaths for every 1,000 births. And all those antismoking messages may have paid off too. Kids in eighth grade, for instance, are one-quarter less likely to smoke today than a year ago. Another positive note: the percentage of teens 15 to 17 who give birth is 2.7, an all-time low. There's room for improvement,...

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