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Life-long health consequences of undernutrition in the Yanomami indigenous population in Brazil

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Fig. 1: Deforestation and child undernutrition percentage in Yanomami land between the years 2015 and 2022.


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We thank the organizers and participants of XVII Regional Meeting of the Federation of Societies of Experimental Biology (FeSBE), held in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, in April 2023, as well as The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP grant no. 2018/26080-4).

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dos Reis Araujo, T., Davel, A.P. & Carneiro, E.M. Life-long health consequences of undernutrition in the Yanomami indigenous population in Brazil. Nat Med (2024).

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