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City reports progress, challenges in residents' health

City reports progress, challenges in residents' health

In the past two years, fewer Baltimoreans have been hospitalized for diabetes, hypertension, asthma and drugs.

More city residents have health insurance, more are exercising and fewer are dying prematurely from heart disease. Fewer teens are having babies or getting shot.

That's the good news in an interim report that the Health Department plans to release this week on the health of the city.

Health officials had set nearly three dozen specific goals in 2011 in a plan called Healthy Baltimore 2015, and progress has been made in two-thirds of them. And while the city's health commissioner says she's "cautiously optimistic" about the midway results, old...