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Jul072011

Government Report Shows Promising Trends in America's Children

Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A new government report suggests that teen pregnancy, binge drinking, preterm births, and injury death rates are all declining. On the flip side, the report also shows that more eighth-graders are taking drugs, and child poverty rates are increasing.

The report, which is called "America's Children: Key National Indicators and Well-Being, 2001" is produced by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. The information is intended to advise lawmakers on child-related legislation.

Among the other positive news in the report was a ten percent decrease in the number of children living in areas of air pollution between 2008 and 2009.

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