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Children's Environmental Health

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Research is underway to explore how children's home, school and community environments affect their overall health and well-being. With this kind of information, communities will be able to make decisions that better promote children's health, development, performance and well-being where they live, play and learn.

To minimize health risks for children, researchers are investigating what children are exposed to in different environments, how these exposures impact their health and how exposures can be reduced to improve health and minimize risks. EPA is also developing communication strategies to educate the public about exposure, health, and intervention strategies to reduce exposures, improve health and minimize risks to promote healthy and sustainable communities for children.

The EPA and NIEHS Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (Children's Centers) are performing research to address important issues in children's health including how exposure affects respiratory disease, childhood learning, birth outcomes, and developmental disabilities and obesity. Researchers are studying the levels of exposure to toxicants such as pesticides, air pollution, allergens, endocrine disruptors, lead, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and tobacco smoke at different life stages. Research is also looking at how genetic susceptibility and the environment affect health.


Children's Centers
Asthma Research
Virtual Embryo Project
Understanding Exposures in Children's Environments
Endocrine Disruptors Research
Dietary Sources of Human Exposure to Arsenic
America's Children and the Environment
Childhood Autism Risk from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) Study
Markers of Autism Risk in Babies - Learning Early Signs (MARBLES) Study
Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides Associated with IQ Deficits in Children
Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children’s Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices
     Open: June 7, 2013 - Closing: October 8, 2013

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