Children’s health is, to a large extent, a function of their environment. Infectious agents remain the leading cause of death and disability in the world. In contrast, many of the new morbidities—asthma, intellectual impairments, behavioural problems, and cancer—are linked with industrial pollutants or other environmental influences. Our understanding of the risk factors for many diseases is incomplete, but it is widely recognised that disability and death result largely from interactions of environmental factors, broadly defined, and host susceptibility.1–3
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Funding: funded in part by NIEHS and US EPA (PO1-ES11261)
Competing interests: none declared
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