While physicians and public health officials have made substantial inroads in eradicating childhood infectious diseases in this country, even eliminating some such as polio and smallpox, new concerns are being raised about the increase in chronic and disabling conditions such as asthma, cancer, and neurodevelopmental dysfunction.
Researchers, government, and academic institutions are focusing their energies on these problems. They want to understand what is causing the increase and find ways to eliminate, or improve treatment for, these conditions.
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