In a sample of 236 children recruited from the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, researchers from Duke University and King’s College London found that children who had experienced two or more kinds of violence exposure showed significantly more telomere erosion between the age-5 baseline and age-10 follow-up. Telomere erosion is a putative link between stress and cullular aging, a mechanism for long-term impact on disease and mortality.
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