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Title The "foetal origins" hypothesis
Description The "foetal origins" hypothesis. How it could influence our approach to public health and preventative medicine
Creation Date 01 July 2000
Doc type Article
Document Abstract:
The foetal origins hypothesis suggests that an adverse environment, ie undernutrition in utero, cause retardation or disproportional intrauterine growth, programming for several chronic, degenerative diseases and thereby heightening the risk of adult morbidity and mortality. Understanding of the mechanisms involved is crucial in advising early and preventative treatment strategies
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