Hawaii's keiki will be part of National Children's Study

HONOLULU (KHNL) - More than 1,000 children in Hawaii will be a part of a nationwide study.

The National Children's Study will be led by Dr. Lynnae Sauvage, interim chair of the John A. Burns School of Medicine's Department of Obstretics and Gynecology and Women's Health.

Researchers will be looking for information to treat and prevent some of the nation's most pressing health problems, including autism, asthma, birth defects, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

"Hawaii's part in the nationwide study could improve our children's health for generations to come," said Dr. Sauvage.  "With this study, we will be able to look at factors affecting our children's develoment, including the physical environment and our cultural practices."

The study will track 100,000 children from before birth to the age of 21.

Dr. Sauvage expects to recruit Hawaii families beginning in January.