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Effects of wildfire disaster exposure on male birth weight in an Australian population

O'Donnell, M H; Behie, A M


BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Maternal stress can depress birth weight and gestational age, with potential health effects. A growing number of studies examine the effect of maternal stress caused by environmental disasters on birth outcomes. These changes may indicate an adaptive response. In this study, we examine the effects of maternal exposure to wildfire on birth weight and gestational age, hypothesising that maternal stress will negatively influence these measures. METHODOLOGY Using data from...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-11-15
Type: Journal article
Source: Evolution, medicine, and public health
DOI: 10.1093/emph/eov027
Access Rights: Open Access


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