A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Paperback | April 28, 2004

EditorDiana Kuh, Yoav Ben Shlomo

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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, cumulativelyand 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 aregiven 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 themesand the theoretical and methodological challenges facing life course epidemiology are highlighted.

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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 academic...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:494 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 1 inPublished:April 28, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I - Background1. Diana Kuh and Yoav Ben-Shlomo: Introduction2. Diana Kuh and George Davey Smith: The life course and adult chronic disease: an historical perspective with particular reference to coronary heart diseasePart II - Life Course Influences on Adult Chronic Disease3. Debbie A. Lawlor, Yoav Ben-Shlomo and David A. Leon: Pre-adult influences on cardiovascular disease4. George Davey Smith and John Lynch: Life course approaches to socioeconomic differentials in health5. Clive Osmond and Rebecca Hardy: Ischaemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease mortality trends with special reference to England and Wales: are there cohort effects?6. Jonathan Elford and Yoav Ben-Shlomo: Geography and migration with special reference to cardiovascular disease7. Nita Forouhi, Elizabeth Hall and Paul McKeigue: A life course approach to diabetes8. Matthew W. Gillman: A life course approach to obesity9. Peter Whincup, Derek Cook and Johanna M. Geleijnse: A life course approach to blood pressure10. David P. Strachan and Aziz Sheikh: A life course approach to respiratory and allergic diseases11. Nancy Potischman, Rebecca Troisei and Lars Vatten: A life course approach to cancer epidemiology12. Isabel dos Santos Silva: Time trends in cancer incidence and mortality13. Avan Aihie Sayer and Cyrus Cooper: A life course approach to biological ageing14. Pam Factor-Litvak and Ezra Susser: A life course approach to neuropsychiatric outcomesPart III - Biological and Social Processes15. Ivan J. Perry and L.H. Lumey: Fetal growth and development: the role of nutrition and other factors16. Diana Kuh, Chris Power, David Blane and Mel Bartley: Socioeconomic pathways between childhood and adult healthPart IV - Implications for Policy and Future Research17. K.S. Joseph and Michael S. Kramer: Should we intervene to improve fetal and infant growth?18. W. Thomas Boyce and Daniel P. Keating: Should we intervene to improve childhood circumstances?19. Yoav Ben-Shlomo and Diana Kuh: Conclusions

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`Provokes thought about the origins of chronic diseases, suggests new approaches to identifying particular susceptible individuals and encourages the identification of optimal points in the life course for possible preventive interventions.'Chronic Diseases in Canada