04 May '11, 2pm

CDC: 1 in 12 Now has Asthma: U.S. asthma rates increased 12% in a just a decade, according to a new Centers for

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is "working to understand how exposures to environmental agents trigger diseases such as asthma, and how we can prevent, diagnose and treat these diseases." Among the programs is the use of a robot, nicknamed by its acronym PIPER (Pre-toddler Inhalable Particulate Environmental Robotic sampler), which roams floors to reproduce the conditions that toddlers experience in their day-to-day lives of crawling, "while collecting better estimates of young childrenÂ’s exposure to indoor air pollutants, such as particulate matter, pesticides, allergens, endotoxins and airborne fungi." Another project, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, has found that children living near highways are more likely to have asthma.

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