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4 Your Health: one pill for HIV, aid to pregnant women, and one puff hooks many

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People who try smoking are likely to continue.

That's according to a new study from Queen Mary University Of London. Researchers surveyed over 200-thousand people from four countries including the U.S.. At least 60 percent of those who tried their first cigarette became daily smokers for some period of time.

Experts said these findings emphasize the importance of preventing smoking among kids and teens.

Government help for pregnant women

A new study reveals four in ten women who gave birth in 2016 received pre-natal benefits from the government. The Women, Infant, Children program provides financial assistance and nutrition education for expectant mothers.

Hispanic women were most likely to receive these benefits as were younger moms and those with less education.

Weekly HIV dosing

Patients with HIV could soon replace their daily medications with a once a week pill.

Scientists at MIT have developed a capsule that releases a week's worth of drugs in a single dose. The capsule could make it much easier for patients to stick to their dosing schedule and help prevent infection in people at high risk of HIV exposure.

Researchers are working on adapting this technology to other diseases that could benefit from weekly drug dosing.

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