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Guests: Amy Lanou, PhD, is assistant professor of health and wellness for the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA). She is also senior nutrition scientist for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. Her website is www.buildingbonevitality.com
The photo is of Dr. Lanou.
Bradley Layton is a graduate student in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His paper was published in PLoS Medicine.
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