Environmental Exposures and Health: Exploration of Non-Traditional Settings Program

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The National Institutes of Health, also known as NIH, is a federal government agency operating under the United States Department of Health and Human Services that is primarily responsible for financially supporting the country's biomedical and health-related research studies.

The programs of the NIH are all aimed at the realization of its main agency mission which is to "seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability."

In according with this mission, the National Institutes of Health has partnered with the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to establish the Environmental Exposures and Health: Exploration of Non-Traditional Settings Program.

The program focuses on promoting interdisciplinary research studies that at aimed at promoting health, limiting symptoms and disease, and reducing health disparities in children and older adults who are residing or spending a substantial amount of time in non-traditional settings.

In the context of this program, non-traditional setting refers to places which are exposed to environmental pollutants and toxins, which could potentially result in health risks, symptoms, and other health conditions/diseases including lower respiratory diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular diseases.   (continued...)

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