It's time for our nation to revisit its commitment to and investment in pediatric research.

Children make up 20 percent of the U.S. population, but only 5 percent of the funding from the National Institutes of Health is allocated for research on pediatric diseases.

Numerous life-threatening conditions like diabetes and heart disease that strike adults have roots in childhood and adolescent years. And by under-investing in pediatric research, our government is losing out on valuable opportunities to better understand the pathways of - and potential treatments for - these deadly diseases.

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