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Identifying the intergenerational effects of the 1959-1961 Chinese Great Leap Forward Famine on infant mortality.
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PMID:  24095302     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Using the 1959-1961 Chinese Great Leap Forward Famine as a natural experiment, this study examines the relationship between mothers' prenatal exposure to acute malnutrition and their children's infant mortality risk. According to the results, the effect of mothers' prenatal famine exposure status on children's infant mortality risk depends on the level of famine severity. In regions of low famine severity, mothers' prenatal famine exposure significantly reduces children's infant mortality, whereas in regions of high famine severity, such prenatal exposure increases children's infant mortality although the effect is not statistically significant. Such a curvilinear relationship between mothers' prenatal malnutrition status and their children's infant mortality risk is more complicated than the linear relationship predicted by the original fetal origins hypothesis but is consistent with the more recent developmental origins of health and disease theory.
Shige Song
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-9-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Economics and human biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-6130     ISO Abbreviation:  Econ Hum Biol     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
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Created Date:  2013-10-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101166135     Medline TA:  Econ Hum Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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