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Life Course Epidemiology

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Abstract

Life course epidemiology is the study of long-term biological, behavioral, and psychosocial processes that link adult health and disease risk to physical or social exposures acting during gestation, childhood, adolescence, and earlier or adult life or across generations (Kuh and Ben-Shlomo 2004). Life course epidemiology was one of several new conceptual models of epidemiological thinking that began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s and that are now mainstream paradigms in social epidemiology (Susser 1985; Susser and Susser 1996a; Krieger and Zierler 1997; McMichael 1999), though its concepts have been applied more generally to chronic disease etiology. They parallel the emergence of causal models (Greenland et al. 1999; Hernán et al. 2002) for epidemiology during the same period.

Keywords

Arterial Stiffness Pulse Wave Velocity Social Mobility Accumulation Model Period Model 
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