In Brief: Mar. 13, 2000

SUGAR ALERT Type 2 diabetes was almost unheard of in children only a decade ago. But now, with a quarter of U.S. kids overweight, a panel named by the American Diabetes Association warns of "an emerging epidemic." The panel says that overweight children with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or a family history of diabetes should lose weight, exercise and get screened for diabetes by age 10.

SLOW START The risk factors that foretell academic trouble for many students begin to take their toll as early as kindergarten, reports a Department of Education study. Children from low-income households headed by parents...

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