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Children's environmental health risks studied

The German environment agency has commissioned the nation's first detailed study of the environmental health risks facing children, for completion in March 2006. Researchers from the Robert Koch institute will evaluate 1,800 children between the ages of three and 14, looking, for example, at air and noise pollution, diet and exposure to tobacco smoke. The announcement follows publication of an EU strategy on environment and health in June (EED 12/06/03). European ministers will gather to discuss environment and health issues next summer in Budapest. See press release and Budapest conference website.

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