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Vickie Webb checks her blood pressure in her apartment Wednesday in Durham, N.C., Wednesday. Webb, 43, lived in the projects in Durham for several years before a housing agency helped relocate her and her husband to a better neighborhood.

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Living in poor neighborhood can hurt health

In the 1990s, the federal government tried an unusual social experiment: It offered thousands of poor women in big-city public housing a chance to live in more affluent neighborhoods.

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