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Developmental origins of non-communicable disease: Implications for research and public health

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Health, June 2012
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2 blogs
2 policy sources
34 tweeters
5 Facebook pages
1 Wikipedia page
3 Google+ users


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Developmental origins of non-communicable disease: Implications for research and public health
Published in
Environmental Health, June 2012
DOI 10.1186/1476-069x-11-42
Pubmed ID

Robert Barouki, Peter D Gluckman, Philippe Grandjean, Mark Hanson, Jerrold J Heindel


This White Paper highlights the developmental period as a plastic phase, which allows the organism to adapt to changes in the environment to maintain or improve reproductive capability in part through sustained health. Plasticity is more prominent prenatally and during early postnatal life, i.e., during the time of cell differentiation and specific tissue formation. These developmental periods are highly sensitive to environmental factors, such as nutrients, environmental chemicals, drugs, infections and other stressors. Nutrient and toxicant effects share many of the same characteristics and reflect two sides of the same coin. In both cases, alterations in physiological functions can be induced and may lead to the development of non-communicable conditions. Many of the major diseases - and dysfunctions - that have increased substantially in prevalence over the last 40 years seem to be related in part to developmental factors associated with either nutritional imbalance or exposures to environmental chemicals. The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) concept provides significant insight into new strategies for research and disease prevention and is sufficiently robust and repeatable across species, including humans, to require a policy and public health response. This White Paper therefore concludes that, as early development (in utero and during the first years of postnatal life) is particularly sensitive to developmental disruption by nutritional factors or environmental chemical exposures, with potentially adverse consequences for health later in life, both research and disease prevention strategies should focus more on these vulnerable life stages.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Cameroon 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Other 6 1%
Unknown 511 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 92 17%
Researcher 80 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 73 14%
Student > Bachelor 44 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 31 6%
Other 112 21%
Unknown 98 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 125 24%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 69 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 37 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 35 7%
Social Sciences 32 6%
Other 103 19%
Unknown 129 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 48. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 September 2022.
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