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Research Article

Long-Term Unemployment Is Associated with Short Telomeres in 31-Year-Old Men: An Observational Study in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966

  • Leena Ala-Mursula mail,

    leena.ala-mursula@oulu.fi

    Affiliation: Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

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  • Jessica L. Buxton,

    Affiliation: Section of Investigative Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

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  • Ellen Ek,

    Affiliation: Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

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  • Markku Koiranen,

    Affiliation: Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

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  • Anja Taanila,

    Affiliations: Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, Unit of Primary Care, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland

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  • Alexandra I. F. Blakemore,

    Affiliation: Section of Investigative Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

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  • Marjo-Riitta Järvelin

    Affiliations: Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, Section of Investigative Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, Unit of Primary Care, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, MRC Health Protection Agency Centre for Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom, Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, Department of Children and Young People and Families, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Oulu, Finland

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  • Published: November 20, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080094

About the Authors

Leena Ala-Mursula, Ellen Ek, Markku Koiranen, Anja Taanila, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin
Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Jessica L. Buxton, Alexandra I. F. Blakemore, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin
Section of Investigative Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
Anja Taanila, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin
Unit of Primary Care, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
Marjo-Riitta Järvelin
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, MRC Health Protection Agency Centre for Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
Marjo-Riitta Järvelin
Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Marjo-Riitta Järvelin
Department of Children and Young People and Families, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Oulu, Finland

Corresponding Author

Email: leena.ala-mursula@oulu.fi

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: LA-M JLB. Performed the experiments: JLB. Analyzed the data: MK JLB LA-M EE. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: M-RJ AIFB AT. Wrote the paper: LA-M JLB EE MK AT AIFB M-RJ.