Behavioral and Biological Effects of Prenatal Stress and Social Enrichment: Relevance to Heart Disease
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD
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Stress has negative effects on mental health e.g., anxiety and depression and physical health e.g., cardiovascular diseases and social support can attenuate the harmful effects of stress. It is not clear the extent to which stress during sensitive periods of life, for example during the prenatal period, can increase subsequent risk factors for mental and physical health. It also is not clear if social interventions during the prenatal period can attenuate any long-term detrimental consequences of stress.
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