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New research centers in Harvard and John Hopkins and USC will work to address research in hopes to improve health in communities overburdened by pollution and environmental factors.
The Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors Center (MADRES) will recruit and research 750 mother -infant pairs from low-income urban hospitals in the Los Angeles area over three years to determine how environmental factors impact child weight, and how psychological stress and behavior risk factors impact the mother’s weight gain before and after pregnancy.
Pollution was been shown to be a key factor in pregnant rats gaining weight within a recent study.
Latino’s are often faced with higher risks for obesity, explained Keck School of Medicine professor, Carrie Breton, who stated in a recent article that there are “striking concerns” in the ethnic disparity among women and children in regards to the obesity epidemic.
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