Pediatric research pays huge dividends and deserves federal funding

Ann Arbor News

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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