Studying Children’s Health for a Better Tomorrow

April 28, 2004, Noon - 1:30 PM
345 Cannon House Office Building


As a Nation, we have made significant advances in child health and development over the past century by identifying the causes of many diseases; by developing preventive measures, treatments, and cures; and by improving the overall health of our children. Still, children today suffer from asthma, developmental disorders, obesity, preventable injuries, and other problems whose precise causes continue to confound science and society as a whole. A number of studies have brought us closer to identifying root causes of childhood diseases but none to date has undertaken a comprehensive look from birth to young adulthood. This briefing highlighted the landmark, multi-agency National Children’s Study that provided insights and information to address seemingly intractable health problems by better understanding child health and development.


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