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Release: Aug. 31, 2001

UI forms Midwest Regional Pediatric Environmental Health Center

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Specialists in the Children’s Hospital of Iowa in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have created an advanced health center to help health care providers, communities, educators and families identify and correct situations in which children might be exposed to toxic substances.

The Midwest Regional Pediatric Environmental Health Center is based in Iowa City, Iowa, and serves Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The goal of the center's team is to provide information about pediatric, public health and environmental health issues.

Possible environmental exposure issues include indoor and outdoor air pollution, waterborne contaminants, toxic waste, agricultural pollutants and pesticides, carbon monoxide, food additives such as antibiotics, hormones or steroids, volatile organic compounds, paints, solvents, degreasers, cleaning solutions and heavy metals such as lead, arsenic or mercury.

Joel Kline, M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, serves as director of the center. Kline said, "The center will meet a clear need in the region. Children are exposed to a wide range of toxins in their environments, and it is very important to identify and correct those exposures to protect their health."

Team members in the center provide telephone consultations, educational materials and training, as well as referrals and clinical services.

For more information, call toll free at (866) 697-7342. Inquiries may also be e-mailed to In addition, you can visit the new center online at

For emergencies, call 911 or the Poison Control Center in your state. The toll-free telephone number for the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center is (800) 352-2222.

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