Kids With Chronic Conditions Placed At Risk In Katrina's Wake

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Chronic Conditions in New Orleans

Children and teenagers in New Orleans with chronic medical conditions at the time of Hurricane Katrina were more likely than other children to have worsening of physical and psychological symptoms, develop new symptoms, miss doctor appointments and run out of medications in the wake of the disaster.

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Barbara Rath, M.D., in her affiliation with the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, and colleagues assessed medical and psychological characteristics in 531 children, including 209 children with preexisting chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and allergies.

Whether the worse outcomes in the chronically ill children were more the result of hurricane aftereffects

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