About this Research Topic
Early life stress is a determinant of the future health of exposed offspring. In several animal models, gestation and lactation have been found to be essential periods in development. Therefore, any stress suffered during these periods can disrupt the normal developmental trajectory of an individual. In humans, the stages of greatest susceptibility are gestation, childhood and adolescence. Among the alterations that have been observed are the development psychopathologies, metabolic diseases, allergies and asthma.
These diseases affect a large percentage of the world's population, so any advances in knowledge about factors that predispose individuals to suffer from these diseases can be useful in the future.
The goal of this Research Topic is to collect data on the impact of early life stress, in both animals and humans, on the health of exposed individuals. We welcome the submission of Reviews, Systematic Reviews, Mini-Reviews, Clinical Trials and Original Research articles.
Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
- Prenatal or/and postnatal stress and neurological consequences in the offspring
- Prenatal or/and postnatal stress and metabolic health in the offspring
- Prenatal or/and postnatal stress and allergies and asthma
- Prenatal or/and postnatal stress and any changes that have the potential to alter the future health of the offspring, such as epigenetic or microbiota alterations.
The Guest Editors encourage all interested individuals and research groups to submit an abstract to this project before submitting a manuscript.
Keywords: prenatal stress, postnatal stress, gestational stress, maternal stress, offspring health
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