Health Issues in Childhood Alexandria VA

Physical and mental health problems in childhood can have lifelong consequences, which means it's important to start health promotion and disease prevention early in life, experts in Alexandria say. "A scientific consensus is emerging that the origins of adult disease are often found among developmental and biological disruptions occurring during the early years of life," according to Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, of Harvard University, and colleagues.

Bondareff A Erwin MD
(703) 924-2100
6355 Walker Lane
Alexandria, VA
 
Dr. Robert L Bregman
(703) 642-1100
Apt 1018 5901 Mount Eagle Dr
Alexandria, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dancel Rosario G MD
(703) 823-2400
6000 Stevenson Avenue Suite 104
Alexandria, VA
 
Lisa Goldberg
(703) 504-3069
4320 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Farber Jon M MD
(703) 212-6600
4660 Kenmore Avenue
Alexandria, VA
 
Thomas Joseph Sullivan, MD
(703) 212-6600
4660 Kenmore Ave
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1964

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Dr. Samantha Weslee Ahdoot
(703) 924-2100
6355 Walker Ln Ste 401
Alexandria, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Alice Ann McKnight, MD
(916) 733-5090
4660 Kenmore Ave
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1985

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Margaret Lynne France, MD
(703) 504-3069
4320 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1981

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Sue Y Park
(703) 212-6600
4660 Kenmore Ave
Alexandria, VA
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Pediatrics

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Health Issues in Childhood

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TUESDAY, June 2 (HealthDay News) -- Physical and mental health problems in childhood can have lifelong consequences, which means it's important to start health promotion and disease prevention early in life, experts say.

"A scientific consensus is emerging that the origins of adult disease are often found among developmental and biological disruptions occurring during the early years of life," according to Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, of Harvard University, and colleagues.

Health promotion and disease prevention efforts should begin in the early years of life, Shonkoff's team recommends in an article in the June 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a themed issue on child and adolescent health.

"Investigators have postulated that early experience can affect adult health in at least two ways -- by accumulating damage over time or by the biological embedding of adversities during sensitive developmental periods. In both cases, there can be a lag of many years, even decades, before early adverse experiences are expressed in the form of illness."

In a cumulative process, chronic diseases occur as the result of repeated physical and mental stress, the study authors noted in a news release from the journal.

"Strong associations have been shown between retrospective adult reports of increasing numbers of traumatic childhood events with greater prevalence of a wide array of health impairments including coronary artery disease, chronic pulmonary disease, cancer, alcoholism, depression and drug abuse, as well as overlapping mental health problems, teen pregnancies, and cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity and smoking," Shonkoff and colleagues wrote.

Biological embedding of risk factors for poor health can occur during sensitive periods when a child's developing brain is more receptive to a variety of input, both positive and negative, the findings show.

"Early experiences of child maltreatment and poverty have been associated with heightened immune responses in adulthood that are known risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma and chronic lung disease," the study authors wrote.

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SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, June 2, 2009

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