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Nurses’ Health Study recruiting new group of women for long-term research

For more than 35 years, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health have been regularly surveying hundreds of thousands of nurses throughout the United States for research that fundamentally changed our understanding of women’s health. Now they are looking to study the next generation of nurses, enrolling another 100,000 women, ages 20 and older.

The Nurses’ Health Study began in 1976, enrolling about 120,000 nurses ages 30 and up with the goal of studying breast cancer and the long-term effects of taking oral contraceptives. In 1989, another 116,000 women began filling out regular surveys about their lifestyles and medical histories.

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