Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Longitudinal Studies in Action

A recent publication from a team led by Dr. Kathleen Mullan Harris at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that as many as 19% of young adults have high blood pressure. This is an alarming statistic, and one that underscores the importance of obesity prevention programs, and the need for better nutrition in United States children.

This statistic was derived from an analysis of data collected by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (known as "Add Health"). The study has collected 4 waves of data on a large sample of children who have been followed into adulthood. Various social and medical information has been collected on this group. The study data is used by researchers around the country, and hundreds of publications are developed each year.

The Add Health study has received most of its funding from NICHD, though it has also received ancillary funding and additional funding for supplemental work from various other agencies.

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