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Living Near Green Space Associated With Fewer Emotional Problems in Preschool-Age Kids, NIH Study Finds

Children who live in areas with natural spaces (e.g., forests, parks, backyards) from birth may experience fewer emotional issues between the ages of 2 and 5, according to a study funded by the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes...
9-Apr-2024 12:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Neighborhood-Level Poverty and Food Insecurity During Pregnancy Associated With Lower Birthweight and Small for Gestational Age Infants, NIH Study Finds

A recent study suggests that living in low-income neighborhoods with limited food access during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of babies being born small for gestational age or with lower birthweights. Further research is needed...
22-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Early-Life Airborne Lead Exposure Associated with Lower IQ and Self-Control in NIH Study

Children who lived in areas with higher levels of airborne lead in their first five years of life appeared to have slightly lower IQs and less self-control, with boys showing more sensitivity to lead exposure, according to a new study from the NIH...
23-Feb-2024 7:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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ECHO Discovery: Untargeted Analysis of Blood Microsamplers

The Utility of Dried Capillary Blood Spots for Exposome Research
12-Feb-2024 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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NIH Study Finds Flame-Retardant Chemicals May Increase Risk of Preterm Birth, Higher Birth Weight

An NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Cohort study finds that certain organophosphate esters (OPEs) were linked to increased odds of preterm birth, especially in girls.
25-Jan-2024 9:30 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Early Breastfeeding Linked to Lower Risk of Childhood Obesity, Regardless of Mother’s Weight, NIH Study Finds

A new NIH ECHO Cohort study found that early breastfeeding, regardless of the mother’s weight, is linked to a lower risk of obesity in children between ages 2 and 6. The benefits appear stronger for children of mothers who had obesity before...
11-Jan-2024 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Study Confirms No Benefit to Taking Fluvoxamine for COVID-19 Symptoms

A study led by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) in partnership with Vanderbilt University found no symptomatic or clinical benefit to taking the antidepressant fluvoxamine at a dosage of 100 mg twice daily for 13 days for the treatment of...
14-Sep-2023 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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ECHO’s mission is to enhance the health of children for generations to come. ECHO investigators study the effects of a broad range of early environmental influences on child health and development. The program consists of 69 existing and ongoing observational studies and a pediatric clinical trials network. Research conducted through ECHO focuses on five key pediatric outcomes with a high public health impact: pre-, peri- and postnatal outcomes; upper and lower airway health; obesity; neurodevelopment; and positive health, such as happiness and a sense of well-being.



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