Racial, Ethnic Health Disparities Among Youths Found

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There are large health gaps between black, Latino and white fifth-graders in the United States. Those gaps at an early age are often a precursor to larger problems that can last well into adulthood.

A new study by Boston Children’s Hospital and a consortium of research institutions looked at the potential causes of racial and ethnic health disparities in 10- and 11-year-olds.

The study’s author, Dr. Mark Schuster, chief of general pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, joined All Things Considered Wednesday to discuss the findings.