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
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
Fortunately, Gordon and his foundation counter with a few stats of their
It’s difficult to imagine a more contagious disease than whooping cough.
For adolescents and adults, whooping cough, or pertussis, is a huge bother: cold symptoms, followed by a cough that takes weeks or months to resolve. Missed work and school are common. But for infants who haven’t yet been immunized, whooping cough can be serious -- even life threatening.
“Pertussis has caused about 30 deaths a year in the U.S. recently, almost all of them in children younger than three months old,” says Harry...