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Countering the effects of lifelong poor health habits

Smoking, poor diet, little exercise — is important and may take time. What if interventions during the nine-month window of pregnancy could improve a newborn’s prospects for good health? In her dissertation, Golareh Agha, who receives her Ph.D. in public health this month, studies lifetime risks and shows that such interventions could mitigate risks for the child from birth.
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(Distributed May 27, 2014)

To curb hepatitis C: Test and treat inmates

The nation’s oversized prison population provides an opportunity to battle the U.S. hepatitis C epidemic because inmates have a high prevalence of infection and are readily reachable for testing and treatment, argue authors of a new article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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(Distributed May 15, 2014)
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