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Poor People with Diabetes Up to 10 Times Likelier to Lose a Limb Than Wealthier Patients

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A UCLA study finds that California diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are up to 10 times more likely to lose a limb than patients in more affluent areas. Earlier diagnosis and proper medical care could prevent these amputations.

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Growing Up Poor Impacts Physical and Mental Illness in Young Adults

Socioeconomic adversity during childhood increases the likelihood of both depression and higher body mass index (BMI) in early adolescence, which can worsen and lead to illness for young adults, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Children in Low-Income Homes Fare Better in Kindergarten if Moms Work When They Are Babies

Kindergarteners from lower-income families who were babies when their mothers went to work outside the home fare as well as or even better than children who had stay-at-home moms, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

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As Economy Declines, African Americans Appear “Blacker,” NYU Study Shows

When the economy declines, African Americans are more likely to be seen as “Blacker” and to bear stereotypical features, according to a new study by psychology researchers at New York University.

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Affordable Housing Linked to Children’s Intellectual Ability

It’s long been accepted – with little science to back it up – that people should spend roughly a third of their income on housing. As it turns out, that may be about how much a low-income family should spend to optimize children’s brainpower.

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5 Years After the End of the Great Recession, Harvard School of Public Health Experts Available to Discuss Hidden Health Costs of Economic Meltdown

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Saint Louis University Medical Students Wash Feet of the Homeless

New initiatives on campus provide socks, hygiene kits to the homeless.

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How the ‘Long Shadow’ of an Inner City Childhood Affects Adult Success

Researchers followed nearly 800 Baltimore school children for a quarter of a century and discovered that their fates were substantially determined by the economic status of the family they were born into.

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Study Shows Early Childhood Stimulation Intervention in Jamaica Yields Better Pay in Adulthood

In the Friday (May 30) edition of the journal Science, researchers find that early childhood development programs are particularly important for disadvantaged children in Jamaica and can greatly impact an individual’s ability to earn more money as an adult.

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U.S. Welfare Spending Up, But Help for the Neediest Down

Although the nation is spending more on welfare than ever before, most of that money is going to better-off families rather than the very poorest, a researcher found.

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