1.9 $ million for research on women's and children's health
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1.9 $ million for research on women’s and children’s health

Published On: Mon, Feb 26th, 2007 | Science Policy | By BioNews

A research group at Karolinska Institutet/Center for Family and Community Medicine has been granted $1.9 million (approximately SKr 13.5 million) to study how neighborhood environment affects the health of mothers and their newborns. A total of 3.5 million women will be included in the study, which is the first of its kind.

The neighborhoods where we live, inherited factors, and other aspects of our daily lives affect how a baby develops in the womb and the timing of its birth. Until now, researchers have not had access to data from sufficiently large groups to draw reliable conclusions about how the interaction works.

The present study, led by District Family Physician and Professor Jan Sundquist, will be the largest of its kind to date. It is made possible by a grant of $1.9 million from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health.

“We will study whether women, who themselves were born prematurely or with low birth weight, run a greater risk of giving birth to premature or low-birth-weight babies than women who were not born prematurely or with low birth weight”, says Professor Sundquist. “Currently it’s not clear if neighborhood in and of itself can have an effect. But because we even have information about these women’s neighborhoods, we can account for neighborhood factors, as well as for numerous individual factors.”

Researchers will take advantage of the WomMed Database at the Center for Family and Community Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. The database covers the entire population of Sweden and includes information about many mothers, aged 15-45 years, born between 1928 and 1990. Approximately 2,300 babies born in Sweden each year have low birth weight. About 500 babies are born in the 32 nd week of pregnancy or earlier, whereas 14,100 are born between the 33 rd and 36 th weeks. In this study, the term “neighborhoods” refers to the smallest geographic areas defined in Sweden (in total, 9,460 areas).

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