Opportunities for Epidemiologists: from Precision Medicine to Population Health
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To date, no single study has been designed to adequately characterize individuals from their genome to their “exposome,” which comprises exogenous and endogenous forces occurring over the life-course which have an impact on and provide context for our health status [1, 2]. In this issue, Dr. Catov and colleagues illuminate the role of pregnancy—a significant life-course event—in mothers’ future health status. The authors have compiled evidence which demonstrates that pregnancy can serve as a “stress test” which may reveal clues to subclinical disease processes. Identifying and treating underlying disease during pregnancy may lead to better health as women approach mid-life.
Due in part to the burdensome cost of large, longitudinal cohort studies and multisite clinical trials, there is a need for pragmatic research which makes use of readily available data elements and data sources . We live in an exciting time, since technologies are being developed—and are increasingly...
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Randi Foraker is a Section Editor for Springer Nature’s Current Epidemiology Reports.
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