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Main description:

This stimulating volume addresses vital questions about gene/environment interactions as they affect cell health from the prenatal period through later life. Beginning with a tour of epigenetic processes in the human body, the book assembles current theoretical and empirical developments across the discipline, among them transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, the effects of maternal nutrition on epigenetic change, and possible links between epigenetics and childhood obesity. Public health and policy aspects of the field are discussed in depth, with the understanding that much can be done to improve our epigenetic health as a species. And in this vein, contributors consider future possibilities, such as the reprogramming of genes to reverse cancer and other diseases. 

Included in the coverage:

  • The role of environmental epigenetics in perinatal and neonatal development
  • The epigenetic biomarker γH2AX: from bench science to clinical trials
  • What’s the risk? Dental amalgam, mercury exposure, and human health risks throughout the lifespan
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder: neurological, genetic, and epigenetic bases
  • Children’s exposure to alcohol,
tobacco, and drugs: long-term outcomes
  • Ethical implications of epigenetics
  • Epigenetics, the Environment, and Children’s Health Across Lifespans brings real-world knowledge and applications of this increasingly important fie

    ld to public health practitioners, maternal and child health researchers, and environmental health experts.


    Feature:

    Comprehensive overview of epigenetics for a public health audience


    Chapters bring together research from environmental health, psychology, pediatrics, and child development
     
    Connects epigenetics to life course theory in maternal and child health



    Back cover:

    This stimulating volume addresses vital questions about gene/environment interactions as they affect cell health from the prenatal period through later life. Beginning with a tour of epigenetic processes in the human body, the book assembles current theoretical and empirical developments across the discipline, among them transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, the effects of maternal nutrition on epigenetic change, and possible links between epigenetics and childhood obesity. Public health and policy aspects of the field are discussed in depth, with the understanding that much can be done to improve our epigenetic health as a species. And in this vein, contributors consider future possibilities, such as the reprogramming of genes to reverse cancer and other diseases.

    Included in the coverage:

    • The role of environmental epigenetics in perinatal and neonatal development
    • The epigenetic biomarker γH2AX: from bench science to clinical trials
    • What’s the risk? Dental amalgam, mercury exposure, and human health risks throughout the lifespan
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder: neurological, genetic, and epigenetic bases

    Children’s exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs: long-term outcomes
  • Ethical implications of epigenetics
  • Epigenetics, the Environment, and Children’s Health Across Lifespans brings real-world knowledge and applications of this increasingly im

    portant field to public health practitioners, maternal and child health researchers, and environmental health experts.


    Contents:


    ​Epigenetics and Development: A Natural Process.-  Cause and Effect in Epigenetic Disease Epidemiology.- Epigenetics and Health.- Molecular Basis of Epigenetics.- Trans-generational Epigenetics.- Maternal Exposure to Pharmaceuticals.- Maternal Exposure to Poor Nutrition.- Maternal Exposure to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs.- Maternal Exposure to Lead and Mercury.- Maternal
    Exposure to Stress.- Paternal
    Exposure to Environmental Mutagens and Stressors.- Protective
    Nutrition Before and During Pregnancy.- Protective
    Behaviors Before and During Pregnancy.- Impact
    of Dental Mercury on Lifespan Health.- Children’s
    Exposure to Stress.- Children’s
    Exposure to Lead and Mercury.- Children’s
    Exposure to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs.- Children’s
    Exposure to Violence.- Children’s
    Exposure to Traumatic Events.- Children’s
    Exposure to Poor Nutrition.- Infection
    Impact on Child Development and Epigenetics.- HLA
    and Immune Response.- Allostatic
    Load.- Latent
    Periods and Cardiovascular/Cancer Risks.- Dynamics
    of Life Experiences on Polygenic Gene Regulation.- Food
    Chain Impact of Pesticides on Human Health.- Sun
    and Artificial Radiation Exposure on Skin Health.- Medical
    Imaging Radiation Risk on Health.- Naturopathic
    Approaches to Epigenetic Health.- Reprogramming
    Epigenetic Effects.- An
    Ecological Systems Approach to Epigenetic Health.- The
    Health Leader’s Guide to Promoting Epigenetic Health​.


    PRODUCT DETAILS

    ISBN-13: 9783319253251
    Publisher: Springer (Springer International Publishing)
    Publication date: December, 2015
    Pages: None

    Subcategories: General Issues, Genetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Neonatal

    MEET THE AUTHOR

    David Hollar, PhD, MS is an Associate Professor of Health Administration at Pfeiffer University. He received his PhD in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was awarded the graduate school’s Outstanding Dissertation Award.Hollar successfully completed postdoctoral research in community health at the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Substance Abuse and Employment at Wright State University.His specialties include multivariate statistics, structural equation models, mathematical models, disability policy, and decision-making. Hollar has numerous peer-reviewed publications on health risk factors, allostatic load, behavioral genetics, and disability policy. He edited and coauthored the Handbook of Children with Special Health Care Needs, published by Springer in 2012. He has served on the editorial board of the Maternal and Child Health Journal since 2005.