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Many teens aren't getting annual physicals

SAN FRANSISCO, CA (NBC) -- Most American teens aren't getting an annual physical.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco followed the medical history of 85,000 teens to see how many were getting the recommended preventative healthcare.

They found only 38,000 had a check-up in the past year.

The numbers were even lower for teens from low income families and those whose families did not have medical insurance.

Researchers say teens need to see a doctor every year to learn about dental care, healthy eating, exercise and other safety issues.

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