LETOURNEAU, TOUGH: We are a long way from identifying definitive biomarkers to illness and personalized gene therapies are likely generations away
LETOURNEAU, JOSCHKO: Supports children receive in infancy have a profound influence on their intellectual and social development
LETOURNEAU: Studies show early childhood education and family supports yield excellent return on investment.
A strong parent-child relationship mitigates any negative effects.
Research also shows a supportive spouse lowers cortisol levels in new moms.
Prolonged exposure to toxic stress linked to depression, heart disease, diabetes and alcoholism.
The loss of close family connections has not been good for children – or parents.
Children who have loving, engaged caregivers are better off than those who don’t.