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Midmorning: Graying suburbs and chronic childhoold ailments

Posted at 7:15 AM on July 3, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Contrary to what developers thought older Americans are staying in their suburban homes instead of moving to senior communities or condos downtown. At 9 a.m., Midmorning looks at what this means for the future of America's suburbs and it's cities. Marianne Combs sits in again for Kerri Miller, and her guests are Joel Kotkin, Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and author of The City: A Global History; and William Frey, demographer and visiting fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

At 10 a.m., Midmorning considers how the number of children and youth in the United States with chronic health conditions has increased dramatically over the past 40 years, led by the rise in obesity, asthma, and attention deficit disorder. Marianne and her guests look at what's behind the increase, and what it could mean for the health care system. The guests are Dr. Mike Severson, a pediatrician at the Brainerd Medical Center and a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and Dr. Abraham Jacob, assistant professor in the division of general pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and director of the hospitalist program at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital.