"Children and Asthma: New York City - Columbia Children's Center"
Light-Saraf Films, 2002
File: Flash Video File
In this segment, Dr. Frederica Perera, Principal Investigator of the Columbia University Children's Center explains that the study in northern Manhattan and the Bronx is focused on understanding early life exposures in the womb and what role those exposures may play in the child's life in terms of asthma and respiratory illness. The study includes individual air sampling using a portable backpack, dust samples from the home, blood samples from the mother as well as umbilical cord blood when the baby is born. The child is then evaluated at specific ages including 6 months, 1 year, 2 and 3 years. The segment includes a demonstration of laboratory techniques used in the study, in which white blood cells are incubated with allergens from cockroaches, dust mites and rodents to see which of them react and which are associated with asthma in the child. The segment also features an interview with one of the mothers in the study who has two children with asthma.
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