Your Family: Jul. 19, 1999

GOOD NEWS FOR KIDS The health of America's children is improving. Death rates are down for infants, adolescents and other children, according to a study released last week by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. Teen smoking is down, as are teen crime and births to minors. However, despite a decade of prosperity, a fifth of U.S. children live in poverty--the same proportion as in 1980.

IT'S JUST A SCRATCH While young people ages 11 to 21 compose 15% of the U.S. population, they make up only 9% of those who visit doctors, the journal Pediatrics reported last...

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