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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Feb;54(1):121-33, ix.

Children's health in the rural environment.

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Occupational Health Sciences, University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, 11937 US Highway 271, Tyler, TX 75708, USA. debra.cherry@uthct.edu

Abstract

The rural environment is not as wholesome as some might think. In fact, smoking, drinking, illicit drug use, and obesity are more prevalent in rural than in urban youngsters. Childhood mortality is higher in rural areas, with drowning, motor vehicle accidents, firearm injuries, and farm machinery accidents as the leading causes. Air and water quality are monitored less and actually may be worse in the country than in urban areas. This article describes children's health problems associated with the rural environment and provides a list of resources for addressing these problems.

PMID:
17306687
DOI:
10.1016/j.pcl.2006.11.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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