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Health Disparities Increase Between High-, Low-Income New York City Residents

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Rates of diseases and other health conditions between high-income andlow-income residents in New York City continue to differ greatly, anddisparities continue to increase, according a study released Thursdayby city Comptroller William Thompson, the New York Timesreports. The study, which analyzed health data over 15 years, showedthat lower-income residents often seek treatment for avoidable andcontrollable illnesses only after they become serious, the Timesreports.

According to the study, in 2005 there were 686.6hospitalizations for diabetes per 100,000 residents in thelowest-income neighborhoods, compared with 51.2 per 100,000 in thehighest-income areas. A statement released by the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said, "We will continue working to reduce disparities and help all New Yorkers live longer, healthier lives" (Kershaw, New York Times, 9/28).

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