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The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) recently released new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines. They are an egregious example of much that is wrong with medicine today.

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Mirka J. Negroni currently serves as an HIV policy advisor for the Futures Group. Previously, she was a resident advisor for the Futures Group's Policy Project Mexico, where she oversaw cross-border and private-sector HIV/AIDS prevention programs and promoted policies to reduce stigma and discrimination. She has also served as an associate researcher at the National Institute for Public Health, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Ms. Negroni has co-authored various articles and chapters on qualitative research on HIV/AIDS in Mexico and Central America.

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Julie Albright is a lecturer in sociology at USC, as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist. Her research focuses on the intersection of culture and communication, social psychology and relationships/family. She studies modern courtship and dating, including a qualitative study of men who are "players" and the women who date them. Her current projects include a survey on body image and reactions to plastic surgery makeover shows, which will result in a book chapter and content for a documentary film titled "Made Over in America," for which she is associate producer.

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Amanda Perez is a lecturer at the UC Davis King Hall School of Law and former executive director of the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, an organization providing legal aid and advocacy for residents of rural California. The foundation works to naturalize residents in remote rural areas of the state as well as advocates for rural rights related to education, safety, environment, housing and health.

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