Toxins and Children
Eight research centers throughout the country have ach been
awarded $1 million grants by the federal government to help scientists with a
significant study focused on the effects of chemicals on early childhood
The use of chemicals over the past 30 years has doubled and yet very limited
attention has been given to determining the impact of these chemicals on the
human reproduction process, and the development of young children.
Studies performed in the past almost always focused on adults, and therefore
chemical exposure regulations often were based on the results seen when male
adults are exposed to chemical toxins.
In many ways, children are not little adults. Children consume more food per
unit of body weight and breath more air per unit of body weight than an adult
In our state, the University of Southern California has been funded to
investigate how the environment affects children’s respiratory disease.
The University of California at Berkeley will use their grant funds to analyze
the pesticide exposure of children in agriculture and determine the effect on
their growth and development.
Similar sized grants were provided as follows:
· University of Washington (child susceptibility to pesticides)
· University of Iowa (airway diseases in children from rural communities)
· University of Michigan (childhood asthma)
· Johns Hopkins University Hospital (environmental pollutants and allergens)
· Columbia University (environmental risks to African-Americans, and to Latino
infants and children)
· Mount Sinai Medical Center (neuro developmental toxins)