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Fires, Drowning, Asthma Among Leading Youth Health Concerns

The data show that the number of Hoosier children suffering from asthma has spiked in the last five years.

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The report says urban children may face different hazards than kids living in rural areas.

Suffocation, fires, drowning and car accidents are the leading causes of death for young Hoosier children. Data from the State of the Young Hoosier Child 2012 Environmental Health Report, reveals Indiana‘s blend of rural and urban lifestyles can create a wide range of environmental hazards for children.

The report also reveals the percentage of youth under 17 who have been diagnosed with asthma has increased since 2007 and is the third-leading cause of hospitalization. The Sunny Start program at the Indiana State Department of Health released the report.

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