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Heat Costs Jeopardize Kids' Health

The price of home heating oil is rising at a record rate. On average, it costs $2.75 a gallon, 40 cents higher than at this time last year. Meanwhile, natural gas and electricity prices are also expected to jump this winter.

In Massachusetts, 150,000 families depend on fuel assistance, and the season is especially hard on children. They may experience health problems, according to a new report, "Fuel For Our Future," released Monday by the group, Citizens Energy and Boston Medical Center.

One of its contributors, Dr. Deborah Frank joins WBUR's Bob Oakes to talk about the study. She's Director of BMC Grow Clinic For Children.

Audio for this story will be available on WBUR's web site later today.

This program aired on October 23, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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