Sunday, February 12, 2006
Laura Beil of the the Dallas Morning News is one of the few reporters who have picked up this story, but if there's any justice in this world, it will draw more attention as the new budget season develops. Here's the lead:
Medical researchers fear that the most ambitious study of children's health ever planned will be lost to federal budget cuts.
The National Children's Study was to follow 100,000 children from the womb to age 21. Authorized by Congress in 2000, it was scheduled to begin enrollment in 2007. Scientists have already spent more than $50 million in planning, design and pilot studies.
But the Bush administration's fiscal 2007 budget, released last week, does not include any money for the study and dictates that planning for the research must stop by the end of this year.
"I was outraged," said Dr. Alan Fleischman of the New York Academy of Medicine, who heads the study's advisory committee. "We stand to lose the answers to the questions that parents and grandparents are asking every day."
The AP gave this development one paragraph at the end of their analysis of the proposed budget, though Lois Collins' article in the Deseret (Utah) News did a good job with the story. For more on the National Children's Study, click here. The President's budget documents are here, and NPR's reporters offer some informed analysis here. [tm]