Lag in Disease Prevention Funding Costs Lives, Public Health Experts Agree

April 22, 2004
by Bruce Taylor Seeman
Newhouse News Service

Even as federal officials warn of spiraling rates of obesity, asthma and diabetes, opportunities to save thousands of lives a year are being missed because disease prevention programs are underfunded, public health experts say..."Why isn't this a priority?" asked Laura Segal, spokesperson for Trust for America's Health, a Washington disease prevention group. "Yes, you do have to balance this against transportation and education. But we're talking about lives here. Lives could be saved."

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