Finishing the 6-month follow-up visit

Last April, the 6-month visit of BiSC children ended, which lasted two and a half years (2020 – 2022). After doing the first review of the visit data we want to share the numbers with you. A total of 705 families answered the health and lifestyle questionnaires. 614 families have taken air pollution measurements with NO2 tubes and 176 have participated in the noise campaign by installing sound meters in their homes. In addition, 185 infants have had the eye-tracking visit, a method that monitors and records the way a person looks at a certain scene or image and is used to evaluate the child’s behavior. Regarding the biological samples, we collected 576 stool samples and 568 urine samples. The former will be used to analyze the composition of the intestinal microbiota of children and the latter to measure exposure to non-persistent chemical compounds.

We want to thank you for your participation in the study despite the difficulties of COVID. Without your effort it would not be possible to carry out the research on environmental effects on children’s health in Barcelona!

This text has been written by Mariona Bustamante, staff scientist of BiSC.