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Your Environment. Your Health.

Children’s Environmental Health Clinic Patient Population

Centre Children's Environmental Health Clinic (ChEHC)
Contact
Irena Buka, M.D., FRCPC
Director, Children's Environmental Health Clinic (ChEHC)
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alberta
Tel 780-735-2443
ibuka@ualberta.ca
Description of Cohort Newborns to age 17 referred to ChEHC with a possible environmental exposure or a diagnosed environmentally-related health issue (e.g. respiratory issues, neurodevelopmental / behavioural concerns, cancers, adverse birth outcomes). Patients come from a range of ethnic backgrounds and are approximately equal in gender. All patient data is collected through a detailed Pediatric Environmental Health History (PEHH) for evaluation. Patients may be referred to specialist care if needed. All patients are followed at ChEHC until resolution is reached.
Clinical studies are designed to study specific exposures (i.e. Environmental Tobacco Smoke). In these cases, study participants are recruited from the ChEHC population and also from the broader Child Health Clinic of which ChEHC is a part of. Thus these studies include a broader sampling of families.
Website Link https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/chehc
Location of Cohort Edmonton, ChEHC Clinic at the Misericordia Community Hospital
Chemicals/Exposures Studied Air pollutants, metals and other chemicals, mold, allergens
Health or Social Effects Studied Respiratory diseases, cancers, cognitive/neurodevelopmental effects, prenatal impacts and birth outcomes, socioeconomic status
Samples Collected Urine, serum
Questionnaires Yes – a Detailed Pediatric Environmental Health History (ongoing basis) and in a previous study questionnaires were used to evaluate exposures (environmental tobacco smoke) and health status (of the child in the home)
Key Findings Coming soon!
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