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Socio-economic inequalities in healthy child development: the evidence grows
  1. James R Dunn
  1. Correspondence to Dr James Dunn, Department of Health, Ageing and Society, McMaster University, KTH 226, 1280 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4, Canada; jim.dunn{at}

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For those of us interested in socio-economic inequalities in healthy child development, this issue of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health should strongly reinforce concerns we may have. As has been shown previously, there are large and avoidable inequalities in a wide range of healthy child development markers beginning at conception. In addition, it is well known that although not deterministic, conditions in early childhood cast a long shadow into later life, strongly shaping future trajectories of lifelong …

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