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Can You ‘Catch’ Cancer or Obesity from Other People?

by Nicoletta Lanese, LiveScience

Noncommunicable diseases cannot pass between people — or can they?

Our ancestors of yore were plagued by recurrent bouts of malaria, deadly tuberculosis infections, constant syphilis outbreaks and bacteria-laced wounds that never healed. But armed with vaccines and antibiotics, modern-day humans can now avoid or be treated for these and many other communicable diseases — illnesses caused by infectious agents that can be transmitted between people or from animals to people. 

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