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Association Between Neighborhood Violence and Biological Stress in Children

By Katherine P. Theall, Elizabeth A. Shirtcliff, Andrew R. Dismukes, Maeve Wallace, Stacy S. Drury

Importance  Exposure to violence continues to be a growing epidemic, particularly among children. An enhanced understanding of the biological effect of exposure to violence is critical. Objective  To examine the association between neighborhood violence and cellular and biological stress in children. Design, Setting, and Participants  A matched, cross-sectional study of 85 black children aged 5 to 16 years from 52 neighborhoods took place in the greater New Orleans, Louisiana, area between January 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013. Exposures  Density of businesses where individuals can purchase alcohol as measured by rates per capita of liquor or convenience stores, and violence as measured by reports of violent crime and reports of …

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Maternal Obesity

By Various

The prevalence of obesity is increasing at an alarming rate, across all populations and age groups. Estimates suggest that 20% of women will be obese by 2025—a sobering statistic, particularly considering that obesity during pregnancy increases risk of adverse health outcomes to both mother and child. What’s more, obesity during pregnancy increases the risk of life-long health problems in children, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. This Series in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology examines the growing burden of maternal obesity worldwide in terms of its impact on clinical management and intergenerational health, and highlights the need for a focus on the pre-pregnancy period, along with a whole-of-society …

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Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale

By Various

The 2016 Lancet Early Childhood Development Series highlights early childhood development at a time when it has been universally endorsed in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This Series considers new scientific evidence for interventions, building on the findings and recommendations of previous Lancet Series on child development (2007, 2011), and proposes pathways for implementation of early childhood development at scale. The Series emphasises ‘nurturing care’, especially of children below three years of age, and multi-sectoral interventions starting with health, which can have wide reach to families and young children through health and nutrition.   Read full article  

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The Development of Self-Regulation: Foundational Skills for Children’s Health and Well-Being

By Megan McClelland

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s ongoing series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research, features Megan McClelland, PhD.   Dr. McClelland will discuss the importance of self-regulation for health, educational success, and well-being over time and across contexts. She will examine the pathways of self-regulatory development (including individual, contextual and sociocultural factors that influence the development of these skills over time), the methods for studying self-regulation, and translational issues such as intervention efforts to improve these skills in children.   Dr. McClelland is the Katherine E. Smith Professor of Healthy Children and Families in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU), where she serves …

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Rethinking the role of stress in development: Emerging evolutionary perspectives

By Marco Del Giudice

This webinar – part of LCRN’s series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research – features Marco Del Giudice, PhD.   Dr. Del Giudice is Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. His main research area is the evolutionary study of human development across the life span, with a focus on individual and sex differences and their neurobiological basis. He has published more than 60 papers and book chapters on a wide range of topics, from the biology of developmental plasticity to the classification of mental disorders in an evolutionary framework. With his collaborators he has advanced the Adaptive Calibration Model, an evolutionary-developmental model …

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TADPOHLS: Enabling integrative longitudinal studies of positive health

By Margaret Kern

This webinar – part of LCRN’s series on Using Existing Data to Examine Life Course Health Development – features Margaret L. Kern, PhD.   Dr. Kern is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in Australia. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Dr. Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and was recently selected as an early career rising star by the Association for …

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