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October 23/30, 2002

Health Risks of Latino Children

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

JAMA. 2002;288(16):1981-1983. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.1981

To the Editor: In their article on the health of Latino children, Dr Flores and colleagues1 did not address homicide and its impact on the health of Latino children and youth. Homicide is the second leading cause of death for Latino children in the United States; the 1999 rate among Latinos aged 1 to 18 years is twice that of white non-Latinos.2 Among Latinos aged 10 to 19 years, homicide rates are even higher (from 10-14 years of age, relative risk [RR] = 4; from 15-19 years of age, RR = 8 compared with non-Latino whites).3

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