Park Rapids Enterprise: Minnesota kids take part in chemical exposure study

EXCERPT: “The Minnesota Department of Health is conducting a study on chemicals that may harm development in children, and volunteer families from Becker County are among those taking part. The Healthy Rural and Urban Kids Project measures preschoolers’ exposure to metals, air pollution, diesel exhaust and different agricultural and home pesticides through urine samples provided by the kids along with brief surveys taken by their parents during normally-scheduled early childhood screenings. The study’s researchers are testing kids from three rural counties in Minnesota — Becker, Todd and Wadena — as well as kids from two urban zip codes in Minneapolis.The recruitment portion of the study was just recently completed, with more than 230 preschoolers taking part. Participation in the study was entirely voluntary, and the names of participants are not being released.” FULLSTORY: