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Researchers to study environmental factors on Michigan kids


A $4.8 million grant will help Michigan researchers look at how environmental factors in early development influence the health of children and adolescents. 

he funding from the National Institutes of Health was recently announced by Michigan State University. In addition to the East Lansing school, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are collaborators on the national Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes initiative.

Ten hospitals and 20 clinics throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula will take part in the study. The grant will cover the first two-year phase, which includes planning, of the seven-year project.

Areas of study include airway health and development, obesity and brain and nervous system development.