Several high-profile studies have suggested that exposure to aquatic environments may increase risk of asthma, cancer and other serious diseases. These studies often lack information on how the pools were managed and treated, and details of swimmer exposure. As a result, it is impossible to apply the findings to other pools or to reproduce and verify the studies. Environmental Microbiologist Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., an associate professor at the University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has been awarded a grant of $65,459 to develop standardized questions that researchers can use when performing a health impact study. “Defining the problem is a big part of finding a solution,” commented Dr. Lachocki. “The more thorough the studies, the more impactful the solutions.” Non-profit Research Foundation for Health and Environmental Effects has partnered with the National Swimming Pool Foundation on this landmark project.

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