A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology: Tracing the Origins of Ill-Health from Early to Adult Life / Edition 1

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In A Life Course Approach to Adult Disease, researchers actively invol ved in this area critically review and examine the evidence for this h ypothesis. In particular, the impact of factors acting in early life, and those acting later in the life course is assessed for cardiovascul ar, respiratory, and allergic diseases, as well as diabetes, hypertens ion, and breast cancer. The extent to which early life factors explain variations in disease risk for both individuals and populations is di scussed.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Argues that a life-course approach to the study of disease would increase better illuminate the etiology of chronic disease, would present possibilities for prevention, and would have profound implications for health policy decision making. Reviews and examines evidence that such diseases as coronary heart disease and cancer originate during gestation, infancy, and childhood. Also considers respiratory and allergic diseases, diabetes, and hypertension, discussing how early life factors explain variations in risk for both individuals and populations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192627827
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mervyn Susser
Section A - Background
Chapter 1 - Introduction: a lifecourse approach to the aetiology of adult chronic disease
Chapter 2 - The life course and adult chronic disease: an historical perspective with particular reference to coronary heart disease
Section B - Development of disease risk throughout life
Chapter 3 - Preadult influences on cardiovascular disease and cancer Chapter 4 - Diabetes and insulin action Chapter 5 - Respiratory and allergic diseases Chapter 6 - Blood pressure and hypertension
Section C - Biological and social processes
Chapter 7 - Fetal growth and development: the role of nutrition and other factors
Section D - Explaining disease patterns
Chapter 9 - Time trends Chapter 10 - Geography and migration Chapter 11 - Socioeconomic differentials
Section E - Implications for policy and future research
Chapter 12 - Should we intervene to improve fetal growth?

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