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Hosp Med. 1998 Apr;59(4):298-303.

Childhood influences on adult disease.

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London Centre for Paediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, University College, London.


There is increasing evidence that events in fetal and infant life can 'programme' the function of a number of organ systems. These changes may lead to the evolution of adult illnesses, e.g. hypertension and coronary artery disease. In addition many children with chronic illness survive into adulthood so that these diseases and/or their treatment may pose problems for health professionals involved in their care.

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