25 million children in the United States are overweight or obese--triple the number 40 years ago. The American Heart Association estimates that of those 25 million, 70 percent will become overweight or obese adults, many of whom will develop chronic (and costly) conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Pediatric liver diseases are something of a mystery. Many of them are rare, so it's hard to gather information about them. They're notoriously difficult to diagnose, and it's not clear what causes them.
In a collaborative study with UM scientists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the community-based participatory research partnership Community Action Against Asthma, SPH Professor Stuart Batterman is analyzing the health effects of air pollution on children living near the nation's heavily traveled thoroughfares.
Although epidemiologist Betsy Foxman doesn't think of herself as a children's health researcher, "it works out that that's where the action is," she says. Foxman and her colleagues in the UM Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (MAC-EPID), which Foxman directs.
For Americans between the ages of one and 34, motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death. But there's good news. Thanks to vehicle and road improvements and to safety programs, as well as two decades of collaborative work between both faculty and students at SPH and researchers at the UM Transportation Research Institute, driving the iconic American car is safer today than ever before.
Recent research finds that when it comes to money allocated for health care, most Americans prefer to distribute resources to save life-years earlier in life rather than later. Daniel Eisenberg, assistant professor of health management and policy, has been working with faculty in the UM Department of Pediatrics to understand why--and what it means for our health care system.