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Falls Are The Leading Cause Of Home Injury

Everyone falls down, but usually without harming more than their pride. However, national home injury statistics show that falls are a more serious public health problem than many may expect. In fact, Home Safety Council* research finds that nearly 5.1 million people in America are injured by falls in and around the home on average each year.

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Children, Teenagers Becoming Caregivers To Ill, Elderly Relatives

A growing number of children and teenagers are taking on the responsibility of caring for family members with debilitating illness, the Washington Post reports. As many as 1.4 million young people ages eight to 18 in the U.S. care for a chronically ill or disabled relative, according to a 2005 survey by the United Hospital Fund and the National Alliance for Caregiving.

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New Jersey Will Need $58B For Present, Future Health Benefits For Retirees

New Jersey officials are expected to announce Thursday that the state will need $58 billion in today's dollars to provide health benefits it has promised to current and future retirees -- "nearly twice the state budget and nearly twice the amount of its outstanding debt," the New York Times reports. In 1994, the state stopped allocating money to a reserve fund to pay for its retiree health obligations, so it has "virtually no money" in reserve to cover the costs, according to the Times.

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HHS To Reduce Health Disparities Between Elderly Hispanics

HHS plans to launch a nationwide initiative that seeks to reduce health disparities between Hispanic and white elderly individuals, the McAllen Monitor reports.

The effort stems from the 2006 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality National Healthcare Disparities Report that found that Hispanics older than age 65 are less likely than whites in the same age group to be vaccinated for pneumonia or influenza, manage their diabetes and undergo cancer screenings, John Wren, deputy assistant secretary HHS' Administration on Aging, said.

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