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National Study to Focus on Children's Health

Research will include 100,000 kids in 36 states

FRIDAY, Nov. 19, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- A long-term study of the health and development of children in the United States will include about 100,000 children and their families in 96 counties in 36 states.

The National Children's study will track the children from before birth to age 21 to better understand the effect of the environments in which the children are raised on their physical and mental health and development.

The findings may help identify the root causes of childhood and adult diseases and disorders. The study will provide researchers and child health-care experts with data to develop prevention strategies, educational policies, health and safety guidelines, and potential new therapies for health problems.

The study, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will begin recruitment in 2007.

More information

Here's where you can learn more about the National Children's Study.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, news release, Nov. 16, 2004
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