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4 Your Health: the right punch for lunch, young people exposed to tobacco; low odds for kids after heart surgery

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Children from low income areas tend to fare worse after heart surgery.

That's according to a new Columbia University study of 86,000 children with congenital heart disease. It showed children from the poorest neighborhoods were 18 percent more likely to die after surgery than their most affluent peers regardless of race or disease severity.

Hospital costs were also higher for disadvantaged children.

Teens exposed to smoke

A separate study suggests most adolescents in low income areas are exposed to tobacco smoke.

Researchers screened more than 400 teens living in a poor, urban neighborhood in San Francisco. 94 percent had detectable levels of a chemical found in tobacco products. Young African American's were the most likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke or be smokers themselves.

Good lunch should include good drink

If want your preschooler to have a nutritious lunch, start by packing a healthy drink.

A new University Of Connecticut study calculated the healthy eating index scores of parent packed lunches for 600 kids. Meals that included plain milk had the highest average score .... while those with fruit drinks had the lowest.

Experts say some parents may be confusing fruit drinks, which have added sugar, with 100 percent fruit juice.

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