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The US National Children’s Study
Detail: The US National Children’s Study will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21. The goal of the study is to improve the health and well-being of children.

The study defines “environment” broadly and will take a number of issues into account, including:

Natural and man-made environment factors
Biological and chemical factors
Physical surroundings
Social factors
Behavioral influences and outcomes
Cultural and family influences and differences
Geographic locations

Researchers will analyze how these elements interact with each other and what helpful and/or harmful effects they might have on children’s health.

The study will also allow scientists to find the differences that exist between groups of people, in terms of their health, health care access, disease occurrence, and other issues, so that these differences or disparities can be addressed.

The National Children’s Study will be one of the richest information resources available for answering questions related to children’s health and development and will form the basis of child health guidance, interventions, and policy for generations to come. It is anticipated that the preliminary results from the first years of the study will be available in 2008-2009.

Source: For an overview article, see:
Date: June 18 2005