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Misprescribed in Pediatrics

50%: An estimated half of antibiotic prescriptions given during pediatric office visits are inappropriate.

Source: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, Aug. 20, 2015


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Butt Out, Mom and Dad

Children ages 3 to 11 are exposed to secondhand smoke at higher rates than other age groups in the United States. The rates vary by race.

Hispanic: 30%

White: 40%

African-American: 70%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015

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E-cigarettes Lure Youths

The number of middle and high school students who say they smoked at least one e-cigarette in the past 30 days tripled from 2013 to 2014.

Among high school students

2013: 660,000

2014: 2 million

Among middle school students

2013: 120,000

2014: 450,000

Source: CDC, Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, 2015

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Sleep-deprived Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high schools start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to help students get sufficient sleep and improve their health, safety, academic performance and overall quality of life.

Fewer than 1 in 5 U.S. middle and high schools started the day at 8:30 a.m. or later during the 2011–2012 school year.

Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Aug. 6, 2015