Childhood environment can affect disease risk as adults

08/16/2010 | HealthDay News

Children who grow up with abuse, poverty or social isolation have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease as adults, an expert said in an American Psychological Association release. Karen Matthews, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, said, "The evidence shows that certain reactions to adverse childhood experiences associated with lower socioeconomic status, isolation and negative events can affect the disease process."

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