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.

Arti Jaiswal, MD
(646) 251-0613
1530 Key Blvd Apt 829
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2003

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Prostate Care Center
(703) 671-7717
S 611 Carlin Springs Road
Arlington, VA
 
Dr. George Contis
(703) 276-3000
1716 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Claire Marie Cifaloglio
(703) 228-1656
3033 Wilson Blvd Ste 600-B
Arlington, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Parag Bhattarai
(850) 416-7658
1410 N Scott St Apt 670
Arlington, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kate Ann Flecker, MD
(202) 549-8833
2500 Clarendon Blvd Apt 225
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2005

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Pulmonary & Medical Associates of Nrthrn Vrgna Lim
(703) 521-6662
1400 South Joyce Street Suite 126
Arlington, VA
 
Ronald S Bashian, MD, FAAP
4141 N Henderson Rd
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1972

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Dr. Kate Ann Flecker
(202) 549-8833
2500 Clarendon Blvd Apt 225
Arlington, VA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Joeli Hettler, MD
(703) 243-3977
707 N Irving St
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1995

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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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