Saturday, May 11, 2013

Child Neurodevelopmental And Mental Health Disabilities On The Rise, Children's Hospital Of Pittsburgh Of UPMC Study Finds

 More children have disabilities now than a decade ago, and the greatest increase is among children of higher-income families, according to a Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC study presented today at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Results of the study, led by Amy Houtrow, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., chief, Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children's Hospital, also showed that while disabilities due to neurodevelopmental and mental health problems have increased sharply, disabilities related to physical health conditions have decreased. This trend was most noteworthy among children under 6 years of age whose rate of neurodevelopmental disabilities nearly doubled during the study, from 19 cases to 36 cases per 1,000 children.


Child Neurodevelopmental And Mental Health Disabilities On The Rise, Children's Hospital Of Pittsburgh Of UPMC Study Finds

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