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y demonstrated that causes of death can be measured reliably in young and middle age, when most avoidable deaths occur.

The results of this large-scale effort will improve the understanding of various health risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, indoor air pollution, fertility preferences for male children, immunization, and migration. But Jha and colleagues have even bigger ambitions: they are testing the feasibility of collecting physical measurements, such as blood pressure and obesity, and blood samples from adults in the survey to measure other risk factors. The study could substantially improve our understanding of genetic and environmental factors that influence an individual's risk for a variety of conditions, including infectious diseases common to developing countries and chronic diseases common worldwide.


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