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Largest U.S. children's study getting under way soon

September 20, 2010
Medical researchers will begin data collection this fall for the largest long-term study of children's health and development ever done in the U.S.

The National Children's Study will examine the effects of environmental factors on 100,000 children nationally. To date, 37 study locations have been named, including the New York borough of Queens and Nassau County, which are areas served by the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

The federally-funded, multi-year project is managed by a consortium of agencies including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Because children will be evaluated from pre-birth through age 21, women who are pregnant or likely to become pregnant are included in the study's participants. Hospitals, medical clinics and community organizations are enrolling women and families nationwide for the study.

"[The study] includes the families children live with and the neighborhoods they live in, as well as the food they eat, the water they drink and the air they breathe," said Barbara Entwisle, of the North Carolina Study Center.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cohen Children's Medical Center, a member of the North Shore-LIJ network, among the nation's top 30 children's hospitals in areas of diabetes and endocrinology, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders and urology.
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