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Medical News and Perspectives
November 2, 2005

Children’s Health Study Closer to Launch: Lack of Funding Could Cause Delays

JAMA. 2005;294(17):2154. doi:10.1001/jama.294.17.2154

A massive nationwide children’s health study that could help answer questions about the role of the environment in birth defects, asthma, diabetes, obesity, autism, and other conditions could begin enrolling participants as early as 2007—but only if sufficient federal funding is allocated.

The National Children’s Health Study took an important step forward September 29 when the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency announced the names of the first participating institutions: the University of California, Irvine; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Drexel University in Philadelphia; the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. However, if the congressionally mandated project does not receive adequate funding from the federal budget over the next few years, the project could be delayed or curtailed.

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