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Durham children will be part of long-term study

Posted September 15, 2010

— Children in Durham will be included in a long-term study that looks at the effects of environment on health and development.

The National Children's Study will follow 100,000 children across the United States from before birth until age 21.

Women who are pregnant or likely to become pregnant and their families will be invited to participate. Durham parents can register to participate by calling Project Manager Sharon Loza at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at 919-966-6749.

The study is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency and is being conducted at the UNC Carolina Population Center.

The study will look at aspects of a child's environment including neighborhood safety, eating habits, water and air quality.


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  • lb27608 Sep 16, 2010

    If "it's impossible to control for all of the variables" were actually a valid criticism, then no study like this would ever be done. Yes, it's impossible to control for ALL of the variables, but that doesn't mean we can't learn something from the study. I'd like to know what expertise you have, readme, to say that this study is a "waste of time" without knowing more about it.

  • ncwiseguy Sep 15, 2010

    politics........obama = black. bill bell = black.

    spend it $$$$......heck after that much long term, no one will remember what the study was originally commissioned for in the first place

  • readme Sep 15, 2010

    Good lord what a waste of money. And it's impossible to control for all the variables. What a waste of time. I smell politics.

  • Pseudonym Sep 15, 2010


    There's not enough computing power in the world to study us.

  • miketroll3572 Sep 15, 2010

    Another waste of money.

  • Caveman93 Sep 15, 2010

    Oh good pick!

  • wral19 Sep 15, 2010

    I think they should study what kind of fools post opinions on these things and what kind of fools read the opinions that the other fools have posted.

  • kikinc Sep 15, 2010

    Maybe autism and certain disabilities are being overdiagnosed these days? Back in the late 80's, early 90's, there was something WRONG with you if you didn't have ADD or ADHD.

  • mpheels Sep 15, 2010

    A large part of the rise in autism is that our definition of autism is a lot broader than it was 15-20 years ago. It used to just be the moderate to severe cases (i.e. people who needed assistance with day-to-day activities) being diagnosed, now the autism label catches a much wider range of abilities and impairment. Many people who were just "odd" or "eccentric" 20 years ago are now being diagnosed as having some form of autism in childhood. There is a lot of speculation that Bill Gates and other very successful "geeks" have Aspberger's or other mild forms of autism.

  • jstmypinion Sep 15, 2010

    I think it is about time! Have you seen the rise in autism and other disabilities over the last 20 years? Does anyone know the cause? It's not hereditary perhaps environmental? It will cost a whole lot less to fund this study than it will to support hundreds of thousands of children for the rest of their lives.