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Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2012 Feb;215(2):142-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2011.10.015. Epub 2011 Dec 29.

Nine months that last a lifetime. Experience from the Danish National Birth Cohort and lessons learned.

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Aarhus University, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Bartholins Allé 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. jo@soci.au.dk

Abstract

A growing body of evidence indicates that antenatal care should focus not only on preventing perinatal complications but needs to see the early phase of life as important for a number of adult diseases as well. Most of the research comes from animal studies, since cohorts starting early in life that include biomarkers and have long term follow-up are few, the best known being the National Collaborative Perinatal Project (1959-1974) where only a part of the cohort are being followed (www.birthcohorts.net). Many cohorts are, however, in the planning phase, and the paper provides ten suggestions/recommendations for principal investigators of new or recently established cohorts.

PMID:
22209116
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijheh.2011.10.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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