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One in every 33 infants in the United States is born with a birth defect. In Nebraska, two of every 33 infants born has a birth defect. The BOW study connects Nebraska researchers with families across the state to find the cause of this increased rate.

Water plays a major role in human health. The BOW study examines maternal exposure to drinking water contaminants and health of offspring. Sometimes contaminants occur as mixtures in drinking water supplies and after ingestion can form compounds that are more toxic than the single components. The investigators seek to gather information from Nebraska women about environmental exposures and the potential impact of these exposures on the health of their children.

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How It Works

  1. Women participate by providing information and samples for testing.
  2. Researchers look for answers.
  3. Everyone benefits!
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