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Annual NC child health report shows improvements

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A report on the health of North Carolina's children finds the well-being of the state's 2.3 million young people generally has improved in recent years, but concerns remain about poverty, breastfeeding and dental care.

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine and Action for Children North Carolina released the 17th annual Child Health Report Card on Thursday - two days after state officials announced the infant mortality rate had reached an all-time low.

The report card graded 14 health indicators, largely by examining 2010 and 2009 data and comparing them to several years ago. The state received "A's" for early intervention services for young children and low incidences of communicable diseases, asthma and elevated lead blood levels.

Institute President Pam Silberman says she's worried recent budget cuts could cause setbacks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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