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Editorial: Box score - 24th

That's New York State's rank among states this year in a report on the nation's health status. The ranking by the United Health Foundation, an insurer-funded nonprofit, said New York moved up from 25th in 2009 and recorded lower infant mortality, and less infectious disease and violent crime. On the downside, the percentage of the state's young people living in poverty rose from 20.3 percent to 25 percent, and New York ranked 41st in seeing its ninth-graders through to high school graduation in four years (68.8 percent). Among all states, Vermont was No. 1 in health status, Mississippi 50th.

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