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Study: Despite Struggles With Poverty, More Children Getting Health Insurance

And, another study examines the number of children with mental disorders, by condition.

Reuters: Health Of U.S. Children Improves, But More Live In Poverty: Report
Families in the United States are making gains in education and health, two key factors in their overall well-being, a report released on Monday showed, adding to data that suggests the U.S. economy is slowly rebounding from the 2007-2009 recession. Still, the latest findings on the state of U.S. children and their parents by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found many families continue to struggle ... Most states also saw more children with health insurance, improvements in birth weights, and fewer youth deaths between 2005 and 2011, it said (Heavey, 6/24).

HealthyCal: Study: One In Five U.S. Children Have Mental Disorder
As many as one in five children in the United States suffer from a mental disorder in a given year, according to national data recently compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC study released last month was the first comprehensive report to assemble data on specific mental health illnesses among children ages 3 to 17 in the United States. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) topped the list, with 6.8 percent of children experiencing the disorder (Bartos, 6/25).

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