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The National Children's Study

EPA researchers contribute to the largest federal study ever undertaken to examine environmental influences on the health and development of children.


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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a consortium of federal partners, led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and also including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, are working together to conduct The National Children's Study, Exit EPA Disclaimer an ongoing, long-term study of environmental and genetic influences on children's health.

During the study, researchers plan to follow 100,000 children from before birth through their 21st birthdays to learn how environmental influences affect children's health, their growth, and their development. Data from the study are expected to inform research into a host of different conditions, including birth defects and pregnancy-related problems, injuries, asthma, obesity, diabetes, and behavior problems, learning disabilities, and mental health disorders. Ultimately, findings from the Study will help to ensure a brighter and healthier future for America's children.

For more information, please visit: http://www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov/. Exit EPA Disclaimer

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