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Report: West Virginia ranks No. 1 in chronic diseases

from The Associated Press via Charleston Daily Mail

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows West Virginia has the highest prevalence of a number of chronic diseases and risk factors. The data analyzed numerous chronic disease statistics in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico and select county or city areas. While the report found that incidents of various disease and poor health indicators "varied substantially" by state and territory, West Virginia led the nation in many negative health indicators. The research team analyzed 2008 data and found that West Virginia had the highest rates of tooth extraction, diabetes, limited activity, stroke, cardiovascular disease and requirement of special medical equipment. more


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