Health Studies Assess Northwest Arkansas Residents

Posted: February 2, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Brittany Erter with her two sons, Eli, left, 2, and Bentlee, 1, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at her home in Siloam Springs. The boys are in the National Children's Study will monitor the boys from birth to age 21 and observe any link between health and environment.

Childhood asthma. Lung cancer. Diabetes.

Fast Facts

Sentinel Network

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest, partnering with the University of Arkansas, is doing a study aimed at increasing underrepresented populations’ participation in research and guiding community research priorities. Northwest Arkansas target groups include Marshallese, Hispanic and elderly.Organizers hope to sign up 5,000 people. Sentinel Network is underway in six sites:

• Washington University in St. Louis

• University of Michigan

• University of Rochester, N.Y.

• Albert Einstein-Montefiore Medical Center in New York

• University of Florida

• University of California, Davis

Source: Staff Report

At A Glance

National Children’s Study

The National Children’s Study is a multiyear research study examining the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the U.S. Project follows children from before birth to 21.

• The study enrolled 200 Benton County children.

• It’s sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

• It can be found online at nationalchildren’

Source: Staff Report

At A Glance

Cancer Prevention Study-3

The American Cancer Society enrolled 300,000 men and women between 30 and 65 across the country with no personal history of cancer. The program enrolled 253 Northwest Arkansas residents in September. The multiyear survey will study lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that may cause or prevent cancer with the goal of eliminating cancer for future generations. It can be found at

Source: Staff report

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