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19. Hazards to Early Development: The Biological Embedding of Early Life Adversity

      The number of children under 18 years has increased worldwide over the past decade. This growth spurt is due, in part, to remarkable progress in child survival. Alas, surviving early hazards like prematurity or infectious disease does not guarantee that children’s development will not be compromised by other hazards as they grow older. Throughout the world, children continue to be confronted with a large number of biological and psychosocial challenges that greatly limit their developmental potential.
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