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New research: New hope for children

SPH experts work to reverse unhealthy trends and benefit the next generation

From the start, children encounter threats to health. They are vulnerable to risks in an environment determined by parents, community, and society. Some health issues have clear causes. A fetus, for example, may be affected by particulates or chemicals in the air an expectant mother breathes. And while measures of air pollution and lead levels have decreased in children since 1997, they remain higher than recommended— and noticeably higher in black children than white children.

Other issues are more complex. Researchers lack definitive answers about the causes of autism, which has increased during the last decade from one in 166 U.S. births to one in every 110 births.

Read more in Advances Magazine.

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