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Environ Health Perspect. 1995 September; 103(Suppl 6): 7–12.
PMCID: PMC1518896
Research Article

How are children different from adults?


Several factors alter an individual's risk for an environmentally related illness. A major determinant is the age of the individual. The toxicodynamic processes that determine exposure, absorption, metabolism, excretion, and tissue vulnerability are all age related. This paper discusses each of these processes and their variability with age, and illustrates these points with examples of environmentally related disease cases.

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