Tests include a $400 bone density scan, $175 in eye tests, $75 in hearing tests, a $130 hope tap water quality tests, up to $3,400 in lab tests, and a $250 spirometry test to examine pulmonary health. Lab tests include complete blood counts, lead, cadmium and mercury tests, red blood cell folate, thyroid studies, hepatitis screenings and cholesterol tests. Common urine screenings look for arsenic and heavy metals.
A CDC flyer for the program said that eligible volunteers receive the free health tests with results and a cash payment for time and expenses.
By collecting data from volunteers selected at random to form a cross section of the total American population, the CDC plans to study anemia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, environmental exposures, eye disorders, hearing loss, infectious diseases, kidney disease, nutrition, obesity, oral health, osteoporosis, physical fitness, reproductive history and sexual behavior, respiratory disease, sexually transmitted diseases and vision.
A handout from the CDC said, “Risk factors, those aspects of a person’s lifestyle, constitution, heredity, or environment that may increase the chances of developing a certain disease or condition will be examined.” It added that social factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, sexual practices, drug use, physical fitness and activity, weight, and dietary intake would also be recorded for study.
Interviewers will select addresses of residents at random through census data. Upon selection, an interviewer with an official identification card from the CDC will visit a home to conduct a survey. All information gathered in the interview and through tests is confidential, and will remain confidential. Data will be used for statistical research and reports.
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