Health news of high-profile celebrities 'has long-term effects for public health care'

September 19, 2014 7:09 AM

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Health news of high-profile celebrities 'has long-term effects for public health care'

The research team, led by Gareth Evans of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention and St. Mary's Hospital in the UK, says their findings show that when it comes to health news, a story involving a high-profile celebrity can have a positive and long-lasting effect on health care among the general public.

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