January 28 2019

The California Health Report – Appointment of New Surgeon General Puts Spotlight on Early Childhood Adversity

 

…Researchers and health experts increasingly understand that trauma in childhood, such as abuse, exposure to violence, or having a parent with a mental illness, can wreck havoc on children’s brains and bodies as they grow, including their hormone and immune systems. This can lead to immediate health problems, ranging from behavioral difficulties to severe asthma, and also heightens children’s risk for chronic illnesses later in life such as heart disease and diabetes…

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