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.

Jennifer Ilene Rosenthal, MD
1530 Key Blvd Apt 529
Arlington, VA
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 2003

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Susan K Khandelwal, MD
(703) 271-8800
3045 Columbia Pike Ste A
Arlington, VA
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Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med, Lubbock Tx 79430
Graduation Year: 1999

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Dr. Mezgebe Haile
Arlington, VA
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Barbara Ann Stevens, MD
(703) 351-9424
3833 Fairfax Dr Ste 201
Arlington, VA
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Female
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Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 2002

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Barry David Cohen, MD
(707) 648-6000
1700 N Moore St Ste 1200
Arlington, VA
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1980

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Emily Riehm Meier, MD
(703) 521-6343
1030 18th St S
Arlington, VA
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 2000

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Robert B Kugel, MD, FAAP
(703) 527-7279
Apt 1016 900 N Taylor St
Arlington, VA
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Graduation Year: 1946

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Dr. Bryan Ross Fine
(202) 884-5000
4842 28th St S # B
Arlington, VA
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Rebecca Anne Demorest, MD
(703) 527-2427
Apt 2033 1320 N Veitch St
Arlington, VA
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Pediatrics
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1999

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1400 South Joyce Street Suite 126
Arlington, VA
 
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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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