Curr Epidemiol Rep (2017) 4:266–268 https://doi.org/10.1007/s40471-017-0125-9 INVITED COMMENTARY Opportunities for Epidemiologists: from Precision Medicine to Population Health Randi Foraker Published online: 4 November 2017 Springer International Publishing AG 2017 To date, no single study has been designed to adequately char- As epidemiologists, our challenge is to integrate these vast acterize individuals from their genome to their “exposome,” amounts of data from various sources to enhance our under- which comprises exogenous and endogenous forces occurring standing of the causes of disease. Then and only then will we over the life-course which have an impact on and provide be able to account for the myriad variability that is inherent in how we live our lives. After all, our clinical data—or any other context for our health status [1, 2]. In this issue, Dr. Catov and colleagues illuminate the role of pregnancy—a significant single source—only tell a part of our “health story.” There life-course event—in mothers’ future health status. The au- exist many other sources of data which can be combined with thors have compiled evidence which demonstrates that preg- those data to enhance insights into our health and allow us to nancy can serve as a “stress test” which may reveal
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