Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers will use a $6 million federal grant to study whether obesity contributes to asthma problems in children.
The grant was announced Tuesday at Baltimore City Hall by officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
The John Hopkins Center for the Study of Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment will lead the study, which will focus on Baltimore, where one in five children suffers from asthma. The research will look at whether changing environmental factors in the lives of 200 children — half of whom are obese — will help their asthma symptoms.
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