Joe Lawler of the Press Herald reports that the Maine Medical Center has embarked on a research program to study common household chemicals and their connection to teenage obesity as well as the emergency of osteoporosis later in life. The $2.2 million research grants originates from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funds support the research effort to collect and study urine from “mid-child-hood” for phthalate exposure as well as analyze and interpret blood data concerning PFAS. The study will also include X-rays to examine more than 800 teens who have been involved with a longitudinal study for bone density and body fat. This research is part of Project Viva, a comprehensive longitudinal study of 2,000 eastern MA mothers and their offspring. Project Viva focused on topics such as the correlation between diet and the environment on childhood obesity and asthma.
Dr. Abby Fleisch, pediatric endocrinologist