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Study: Health status of Valley residents declining

San Joaquin Valley residents have lost ground more than they gained in key measures of their health, according to a study released today.

"Healthy People 2010," a profile of health status in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties, was prepared by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University, Fresno.

Findings included:

* Worsening adult binge drinking and illegal drug use, adolescent alcohol use, adolescent sexual abstinence and use of condoms, adult treatment for depression and senior flu shots.

* Improvements in adult and adolescent tobacco use and adolescent immunization.

The report compared the most-recently available data to data from earlier in the decade.