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This project seeks to identify genetic and environmental risk factors associated with the incidence of a variety of recurrent, low grade disease entities in Aboriginal children and to subsequently suggest treatment and control strategies based on these findings.
These include upper respiratory tract infections, abnormalities of growth, skin conditions, dental disease, and bowel disorders.
The aim of this project is to investigate such recurrent diseases with a view to identifying common environmental, biochemical, nutritional, genetic or interaction effects that predispose to all or a significant proportion of these conditions. If an underlying cause for these common recurrent conditions can be identified, an effective strategy can be implemented to decrease their prevalence. This will lead to not only better general health but also greater self esteem, improved learning, and fewer chronic disease problems in adulthood.
Abstract adapted from School of Medicine, the University of Queensland
University of Queensland
Mayne Medical School
288 Herston Road
Herston Qld 4006
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