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A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Diana Kuh, Yoav Ben Shlomo, and Susser Ezra


The field of life course epidemiology has expanded rapidly since this book was first published. The purpose of this field is to study how biological and social factors during gestation, childhood, adolescence, and earlier adult life independently, cumulatively, and interactively influence later life health and disease. Contributors to this edition capture the excitement of the developing field and assess the latest evidence regarding sources of risk to health across the life course and across generations. The chapters on life course influences on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, blood pressur ... More

Keywords: biological factors, social factors, gestation, childhood, adolescence, life course, cardiovascular disease, biological aging, neuropsychiatric disorders

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198578154
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198578154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Kuh, editor
Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Royal Free and University College London Medical School

Yoav Ben Shlomo, editor
Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol

Susser Ezra, editor
School of Public Health, Columbia University

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Part I Background

Chapter 1 Introduction

Diana Kuh and Yoav Ben-Shlomo

Part II Life course influences on adult chronic disease

Chapter 3 Pre-adult influences on cardiovascular disease

Debbie A. Lawlor, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, and David A. Leon

Chapter 7 A life course approach to diabetes

Nita Forouhi, Elizabeth Hall, and Paul McKeigue

Chapter 9 A life course approach to blood pressure

Peter H. Whincup, Derek G. Cook, and Johanna M. Geleijnse

Chapter 11 A life course approach to cancer epidemiology

Nancy Potischman, Rebecca Troisi, and Lars Vatten

Chapter 13 A life course approach to biological ageing

Avan Aihie Sayer and Cyrus Cooper

Part III Biological and social processes

Chapter 16 Sicioeconomic pathways between childhood and adult health

Diana Kuh, Chris Power, David Blane, and Mel Bartley

Part IV Implications for policy and future research

Chapter 19 Conclusions

Yoav Ben-Shlomo and Diana Kuh

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