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Developmental origins theory from prematurity to adult disease.
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PMID:  18336439     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Developmental Origins Theory has received little coverage in the nursing literature, even though it has received much attention in other sciences. The theory proposes that prenatal stress provokes adaptive changes in endocrine and metabolic processes that become permanently programmed and impact later adult health. This paper reviews the theory and describes the primary neuroendocrine mechanism of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function. Supporting research evidence in preterm infant and adult samples is presented. Through knowledge of the theory and the long-term sequelae for preterm infants, nurses will have a different theoretical perspective and growing evidence to consider in their care for pregnant women and infants.
Mary C Sullivan; Katheleen Hawes; Suzy Barcelos Winchester; Robin J Miller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2008 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-13     Completed Date:  2008-05-22     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  158-64     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Disease Susceptibility*
Fetal Development
Human Development
Hydrocortisone / blood
Hypothalamo-Hypophyseal System / embryology,  metabolism,  physiopathology*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Models, Biological
Pituitary-Adrenal System / embryology,  metabolism,  physiopathology*
Stress, Physiological / physiopathology*
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