Globe and Mail: "Prosperity depends on public commitment to child health"
"Canada’s future prosperity could be at stake if policies related to young children fail to catch up to the scientific evidence.That was a key takeaway from a special symposium held in Toronto last week that brought together world experts in the biology of child and brain development with those who specialize in the health and success of entire societies."
"The meeting helped to underscore how far molecular geneticists have come in revealing precisely how environmental influences, from toxic chemicals to economic stress, can affect the activity level of a young child’s DNA at precisely the moment when crucial genes related to brain development are in play. These epigenetic influences can leave a lasting mark throughout life, with the result that affected children are less likely to be able to meet the cognitive demands of school. The data suggest they also face reduced opportunities for a healthy and productive adulthood."
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Posted:Feb. 11, 2014, 5 p.m.