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Health inequalities: Embodied evidence across biological layers

Published inSocial Science & Medicine, vol. 246, 112781
Publication date2020
Abstract

Socioeconomic disparities have been documented in major non-communicable diseases and in their risk factors, such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthful diet and heavy drinking. However, a key research question has remained unanswered: is there a separate biological embodiment of socio-economic conditions underlying health disparities, additional and independent of those risk factors? As lifelong socioeconomic circumstances cannot be randomised, one way forward is the examination of different biological layers of evidence, including molecular changes.

Keywords
  • Allostasis
  • Child
  • Cohort Studies
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking
  • Socioeconomic Factors
Funding
  • European Commission - Lifecourse biological pathways underlying social differences in healthy ageing [633666]
Citation (ISO format)
VINEIS, Paolo et al. Health inequalities: Embodied evidence across biological layers. In: Social Science & Medicine, 2020, vol. 246, p. 112781. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112781
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