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Lifecourse Health Development 101

An Emergent, Scientific Understanding
of Health and Well-Being Across the Life Span

Models of lifecourse health development (LCHD) have synthesized research from biological, behavioral and social science disciplines, defined health development as a dynamic process that begins before conception and continues throughout the lifespan, and paved the way for the creation of novel strategies aimed at optimization of individual and population health trajectories.

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The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá

The Beginning

They were two pretty young women in search of pork ribs for a barbecue later that day, a Saturday in the summer of 2013. Janeth Páez suggested that they stop by a grocery store not far from where her friend Laura Vega Garzón lived in northern Bogotá. Janeth’s boyfriend’s cousin, William, a sweet young man with a thick country accent, worked behind the butcher counter there....

Mystery and Danger of Type 1 Diabetes

With mounting concern over the explosive rise in Type 2 diabetes, mostly among overweight and obese Americans, it is easy to forget that Type 1 diabetes, which is far less common, can be a much more serious disease that often seems to arise out of nowhere for no apparent reason.

Study: Behavior in kindergarten linked to adult success

In our household, we’re still talking about the critically acclaimed box office smash “Inside Out,” Pixar’s animated look at the emotions inside a child’s brain. It came up most recently when we watched Serena Williams cruise to another victory at this year’s Wimbledon, and my youngest daughter, age 7, remarked that....

Why It Might Be Time to Treat Child Poverty Like a Medical Condition

We’re pretty used to thinking of poverty as an economic or social problem: If people are sleeping on the streets or in cars, the logical fix is to provide housing. If children are getting school supplies and clothing from charity drives or don’t know where their next meal is coming from, paying their parents a living wage is...