Children’s Health Problems Stem from ‘A Soup of Exposures’

According to Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, many global health issues can only be understood as problems of both nature and nurture.

“Nothing is just your genes, and nothing is just your environment,” Dr. Birnbaum told an audience Thursday at the George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium.

The World Health Organization has found that 23 percent of deaths globally are attributable to environmental factors, Dr. Birnbaum said. Populations are particularly vulnerable to environmental stress during transitional periods like fetal development and puberty.

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