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Zaneta Thayer on Discrimination, Stress, and Health

Did you know that babies born six subway stops apart in New York city have a nine year difference in life expectancy?

This month’s featured video is from biological anthropologist Zaneta Thayer of Dartmouth College. Her 2017 talk at the American Museum of Natural History addresses how trauma, poverty, and racial discrimination create health inequalities. In this talk, Dr. Thayer explores how our evolutionary history shaped our responses to stress and she explains the biological mechanisms through which early life stress influences health later on.



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