September 23, 2016
Evidence-based research on stress-related illnesses may effectively reveal how early experiences last in the body and later affect learning, behavior and mental health, according to a researcher at Harvard University.
“Decades of evaluation research reveal that effective interventions for disadvantaged, young children can produce short-term developmental gains, higher rates of high school graduation increased adult employment and reduced incarceration,” Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI professor of child health and development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, wrote. “In this context, 21st century biology offers an opportunity to gain greater understanding of why some interventions work better than others both inside the brain and throughout the body. Leveraging that knowledge could inform more effective strategies for reducing disease by mitigating the effects of adversity early in life.”