Three common assumptions about chronic inflammation that are probably wrong

Monday February 2, 2020 (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

Thomas McDade

Carlos Montezuma Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Fellow,
Institute for Policy Research,
Northwestern University

Chronic inflammation is implicated in many diseases of aging, and it is a potentially important mechanism linking environments and health over the life course. But this understanding is based almost exclusively on research in affluent industrialized populations, which are epidemiologically and ecologically unique in comparison with most populations globally, and historically. A comparative, life course approach challenges key assumptions of the chronic inflammation paradigm, and points toward promising directions for future research into the developmental origins of health and disease.


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