A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology

A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 494 pages
  • 168 x 240 x 26mm | 804g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • numerous figures and tables, halftones
  • 0198578156
  • 9780198578154
  • 1,367,939

Table of contents

PART I - BACKGROUND ; 1. Introduction ; 2. The life course and adult chronic disease: an historical perspective with particular reference to coronary heart disease ; PART II - LIFE COURSE INFLUENCES ON ADULT CHRONIC DISEASE ; 3. Pre-adult influences on cardiovascular disease ; 4. Life course approaches to socioeconomic differentials in health ; 5. Ischaemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease mortality trends with special reference to England and Wales: are there cohort effects? ; 6. Geography and migration with special reference to cardiovascular disease ; 7. A life course approach to diabetes ; 8. A life course approach to obesity ; 9. A life course approach to blood pressure ; 10. A life course approach to respiratory and allergic diseases ; 11. A life course approach to cancer epidemiology ; 12. Time trends in cancer incidence and mortality ; 13. A life course approach to biological ageing ; 14. A life course approach to neuropsychiatric outcomes ; PART III - BIOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL PROCESSES ; 15. Fetal growth and development: the role of nutrition and other factors ; 16. Socioeconomic pathways between childhood and adult health ; PART IV - IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY AND FUTURE RESEARCH ; 17. Should we intervene to improve fetal and infant growth? ; 18. Should we intervene to improve childhood circumstances? ; 19. 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 * The conclusion is of major importance to public health policy. It reinforces the need for a life course strategy, with attention being paid to the mother, baby, child adolescent, and elderly person. * BMJ * A truly exciting and extremely informative endeavour for anyone interested in the determinants of human health and disease. This discussion is at the core of current public health issues. * European Journal of Public Health * This is not just another epidemiology textbook. It is essential reading for anyone with an active mind who is interested in public health. * Journal of Public Health Medicine * We still have much to learn if disease patterns are to be explained by taking a life course approach... this book provides strong arguments for this approach... the book is a highly qualified starting point for the debate... it will remain a useful summary of pioneer research of huge potential importance for public health. * Epidemiology * From reviews of the previous edition:
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