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Home Life and Phenotypes


Home Life and Phenotypes


A stressful early home life may have lifelong consequences for a child.  Early stressful experiences shape a child’s behaviour and impact a child’s physical health.  What is the relationship between autoimmune diseases, obesity and an early stressful environment?  Can a loving home undo the harm children fostered in stressful environments or orphanages have experienced? 

Dr. Moshe Szyf
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