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Economic status tied to blood vessel health in kids

MELBOURNE: Economic challenges in childhood may be linked to the early development of thicker artery walls that are known to underlie many cases of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study from Australia. Compared to kids from wealthier backgrounds, kids from low-income families and neighborhoods had thicker walls in the carotid arteries that provide blood to the brain. The buildup of plaque and cells on the inner lining of arteries - known as the intima-media - narrows the passage for blood and is called…