Health Issues in Childhood Arlington 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 Arlington 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.

Aimee M Barton, MD, FAAP
(202) 444-8161
3800 Reservoir Rd NW M3400
Arlington, VA
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Arlington, VA
 
Dr. Christine Zilinskas Baldrate
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4726 1st St N
Arlington, VA
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Pediatrics

Dr. Aimee M Barton
(202) 444-8161
3800 Reservoir Rd NW M3400
Arlington, VA
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Pediatrics

Rebecca Jean Eick, MD
(757) 470-4546
Apt 2 1611 28th St S
Arlington, VA
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Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 2002

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Jenny Ringnes, MD
(703) 944-2364
Apt 817 1331 S Eads St
Arlington, VA
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Graduation Year: 2004

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Elmira Pashayeva, MD
2000 S Eads St Apt 532
Arlington, VA
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Dr. George Contis
(703) 276-3000
1716 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
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Barbara A Stevens
(703) 351-9424
3833 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA
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Barbara Ann Stevens, MD
(703) 351-9424
3833 Fairfax Dr Ste 201
Arlington, VA
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Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
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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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