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Children under 3 years old are most vulnerable to the effects of adversity, study finds

11:19 EDT 1 May 2019 | News-Medical.net

A Massachusetts General Hospital study has found evidence that children under 3 years old are most the vulnerable to the effects of adversity - experiences including poverty, family and financial instability, and abuse - on their epigenetic profiles, chemical tags that alter gene expression and may have consequences for future mental health.

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