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Life expectancy rises in poor nations, UN reports

Life expectancy in the globe's poorest countries has risen by an average of nine years over the past two decades, thanks to major improvements in infant health, the United Nations said Thursday.

May 15, 2014
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PCB increases harmful effects of smoking

It is well known that exposure to asbestos or radon drastically increases the injurious effects of smoking. In the present study, led by Uppsala University, the scientists have investigated whether high blood ...

May 14, 2014
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