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A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology$
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Diana Kuh, Yoav Ben Shlomo, and Susser Ezra

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198578154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198578154.001.0001

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Should we intervene to improve fetal and infant growth?

Should we intervene to improve fetal and infant growth?

(p.399) Chapter 17 Should we intervene to improve fetal and infant growth?
A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Diana Kuh

Yoav Ben-Shlomo

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the potential impact that interventions in pregnancy and early childhood may have on diseases in adult life. It begins by reviewing current literature with regard to the efficacy of interventions for improving fetal growth. It describes the possible unintended effects that such may have on the mother and infant. Findings from the Hertfordshire (UK) studies and more recent studies from Finland are then used to estimate the magnitude of coronary heart disease that could be prevented by improving fetal growth.

Keywords:   interventions, pregnancy, early childhood, adult diseases, risk factors, fetal growth, heart disease, prevention

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