A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology

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Diana Kuh, Yoav Ben Shlomo
OUP Oxford, Apr 1, 2004 - Medical - 473 pages
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The first edition in 1997 of A life course approach to chronic disease epidemiology became a classic text for epidemiological and public health researchers interested in the childhood origins of adult chronic disease. Since then the new field of life course epidemiology has expanded rapidly, attracting the interest not only of academics across the health and social sciences but also policy makers, funding bodies, and the general public. Its purpose 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 fully revised second 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 original chapters on life course influences on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, blood pressure, respiratory disease and cancer have been updated and extended. New chapters on life course influences on obesity, biological ageing and neuropsychiatric disorders have been added. Life course explanations for disease trends and for socioeconomic differentials in disease risk are given more attention in this new edition, reflecting recent developments in the field. The section on policy implications has been expanded, assessing the role of interventions to improve childhood social circumstances, as well as interventions to improve early growth. Emerging new research themes and the theoretical and methodological challenges facing life course epidemiology are highlighted.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The life course and adult chronic disease an historical perspective with particular reference to coronary heart disease
15
LIFE COURSE INFLUENCES ON ADULT CHRONIC DISEASE
39
Preadult influences on cardiovascular disease
41
Life course approaches to socioeconomic differentials in health
77
Ischaemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease mortality trends with special reference to England and Wales are there cohort effects?
116
Geography and migration with special reference to cardiovascular disease
144
A life course approach to diabetes
165
Time trends in cancer incidence and mortality
281
A life course approach to biological ageing
306
A life course approach to neuropsychiatric outcomes
324
BIOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL PROCESSES
343
Fetal growth and development the role of nutrition and other factors
345
Socioeconomic pathways between childhood and adult health
371
IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY AND FUTURE RESEARCH
397
Should we intervene to improve fetal and infant growth?
399

A life course approach to obesity
189
A life course approach to blood pressure
218
A life course approach to respiratory and allergic diseases
240
A life course approach to cancer epidemiology
260
Should we intervene to improve childhood circumstances?
415
Conclusions
446
Index
465
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Diana Kuh is at the 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 is in the Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol.

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