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Protecting children from environmental risks throughout each stage of their childhood


Children’s susceptibility to environmental contaminants can vary significantly by life stage. The recent adoption by the US Environmental Protection Agency of a standard set of childhood age groups is proving instrumental in improving our ability to protect children by more consistently considering life-stage changes when assessing exposure, dose, and risk.

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Firestone, M. Protecting children from environmental risks throughout each stage of their childhood. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 20, 227–228 (2010).

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