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By Anne HardingReuters Health.
Reuters Health - - Most U. Redlener and his colleagues focused on seven conditions clearly linked to worse academic performance if left untreated. Known as Health Barriers to Learning HBLthey include impaired vision, hearing problems, uncontrolled asthma, mental health and behavioral problems, dental pain, persistent hunger, and lead poisoning.
While children who have annual checkups will be screened regularly for these conditions, 20 percent of school-aged children did not receive a well-child exam in the past year, the researchers say. Poor families, Hispanic children and children without health insurance are more likely to miss check-ups.
States can help fill these gaps by requiring children to undergo health screening in order to be attend school, Redlener and his colleagues say. They looked at laws on school health exams for each state and the District of Columbia, grading them from A to F based on whether the state required students to undergo comprehensive health exams, whether or not it required school health forms, and how many HBLs were addressed. Thirteen of the 25 states that required thorough check-ups also required that health forms be filled out, while the remaining 12 made forms available but did not require them to be filled out, or did not make it clear that they were required.
Fifty-seven percent of children in the U. Redlener and his colleagues would like to see laws in every state requiring regular school health screenings for all seven HBLs. Health News Updated.High school physical exam stories
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