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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois Fox River Environment and Diet Study of the Children’s Environmental Health Center investigates the interactive effects of PCBs and methyl mercury on cognitive, sensory, and motor development in children. The study is being conducted on Hmong and Laotian refugees who came to northeastern Wisconsin after the Vietnam War and regularly consumed fish contaminated by PCBs and methyl mercury from the Fox River.

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa Children’s Environmental Airway Disease Center conducts research on the etiology and pathogenesis of airway disease in children from rural communities. The research indicates that the incidence and severity of asthma in rural children is similar to that in urban children. Apparently viral infections increased sensitivity to environmental exposures. The products of bacteria and fungi are frequently found in the rural environment and apparently may act as triggers for asthma.

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