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U.S. Children's Medical Needs, by the Numbers

The Jeff Gordon Foundation focuses on children’s health at a crucial time.
WebMD the Magazine - Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Racing champ Jeff Gordon's focus on children's health comes at a crucial time. The number of U.S. children with chronic health conditions has risen dramatically in the past four decades, according to a study published last June in The  Journal of the American Medical Association. Some of the study's findings:

  • Of 80 million children in America, about 8% (6.5 million) have chronic conditions that interfere with regular daily activity, says study author James M. Perrin, MD, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
  • The top three problems are obesity, asthma, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  • A study in the June 2008 Pediatrics reveals that leukemia is the most common childhood cancer. Childhood cancer is rare but is still the leading cause of disease-related deaths for children.

Fortunately, Gordon and his foundation counter with a few stats of their own:

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Q&A With Royal Pains' Mark Feuerstein

Mark Feuerstein got his start in acting when he played a recurring character in the daytime soap Loving. Now the star of Royal Pains,a medical drama set in the Hamptons, he also starred in the 2000 flick What Women Want, as well as Practical Magic and several TV series. In a far-ranging interview with WebMDthe Magazine, Feuerstein talked about his show, his native city, his family, his best and worst health habits,and the two foods he hates the most.

Read the Q&A With Royal Pains' Mark Feuerstein article > >

  • $6 million raised since 1999.
  • Major funding for the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital in Concord, N.C., and the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
  • More than 200 children's wishes granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Read the complete story about Jeff Gordon's commitment to children's health, his healthy habits on and off the track, and his life as a new father. Also, read more about Jeff Gordon's foundation.

Reviewed on June 30, 2008

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