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2012-09-20 14:37:31

Researchers studying the origins of sudden cardiac death have found that in both men and women a thin placenta at birth was associated with sudden cardiac death. A thin placenta may result in a reduced flow of nutrients from the mother to the fetus. The authors suggest that sudden cardiac death may be initiated by impaired development of the autonomic nervous system in the womb, as a result of fetal malnutrition. The new study, published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology,...

2011-06-02 12:59:34

Researchers investigating the foetal origins of chronic disease have discovered that combinations of a mother's body size and the shape and size of her baby's placenta can predict heart disease in men in later life. The research is published online today in the European Heart Journal. Professor David Barker and colleagues studied 6975 men born in Helsinki (Finland) between 1934-1944 "“ a time when not only was the babies' size at birth recorded but also the size of the placental...

2010-11-08 16:30:00

30th Anniversary of Agnes Higgins Award Recognizes David Barker, MD, PhD, FRS DENVER, Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world-renowned physician and professor who pioneered the theory linking fetal malnutrition to chronic adult disease will receive the March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award for outstanding achievement in the field of maternal-fetal nutrition. Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes, recognized the 30th anniversary of the award and presented it to...

2009-01-16 10:09:38

The February edition of the Journal of Nutrition offers new insights into possible associations between infant feeding and health outcomes related to obesity. According to David Barker, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Southampton, UK and professor of Cardiovascular in the Department of Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University and one of the authors of the report, "A longer period of breastfeeding was associated with lower BMI (a measure for...


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