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Physician's Weekly: Unemployment Linked to Increases in Pediatric Hospitalizations

By Robert Preidt

COVID-19 has led to widespread job loss in the United States. And now a new study reports that when unemployment rates rise, so do hospitalizations of children.

They found that for every 1% increase in unemployment, there was a 2% increase in child hospitalizations for all causes, among them diabetes and poisonings.

Further research is needed to understand how to prevent declining health in children during economic downturns, said study author Dr. Jeffrey Colvin, of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and his colleagues.


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