Saturday, 6 February 2010

Ancient remains put teeth into Barker hypothesis from PhysOrg

"The Barker hypothesis is named after epidemiologist David Barker, who during the 1980s began studying links between early infant health and later adult health. The theory, also known as the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Hypothesis (DOHaD), has expanded into wide acceptance.

As one of the founders of the field of bioarcheology, Armelagos studies skeletal remains to understand how diet and disease affected populations. Tooth enamel can give a particularly telling portrait of physiological events, since the enamel is secreted in a regular, ring-like fashion, starting from the second trimester of fetal development."

Disruptions in the formation of the enamel, which can be caused by disease, poor diet or , show up as grooves on the .

Ancient remains put teeth into Barker hypothesis

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