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Maine Bill Aims To Make Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers More Affordable

Expensive versions of prescription opioids that are tougher to cut, crush and inject are less likely to be abused, legislators hope. But some doctors call the bill well-meant, but ill-advised.
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Midwest Farmers Rush To Dispose Of Chickens Killed To Contain Avian Flu

The USDA says 38 million chickens must be killed to stop the spread of one of the worst outbreaks of avian flu in North America. Northwest Iowa officials are scrambling to dispose of the dead birds.
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Looks Good Enough To Smoke: Marijuana Gets Its Glamour Moment

Aficionados of fine weed describe the effects as if they're talking about vintage wine. But how to know which medicinal or recreational strain to choose? This field guide cuts through the haze.
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Grassley To Justice Department: Crack Down On Medicare Advantage Overbilling

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Obama administration pointed questions about what is being done to investigate alleged fraud, waste and abuse by Medicare Advantage plans.
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Many Native American Communities Struggle With Effects Of Heroin Use

Native Americans have some of the highest substance abuse rates compared to other ethnic groups. Alcohol and meth are the drugs of choice. Now, cartels are taking advantage of lax police enforcement.
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She's Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She's Hopeful

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing problem. It's spread through the air. It can kill you. And it's incredibly difficult to treat. But a program in Peru shows that the disease can be cured.
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Home-Brewed Morphine Is Around The Corner

What if microbes could ferment sugar into narcotics, like the way yeasts make beer? That day is quickly approaching. This week scientists report all the steps needed to make morphine in yeast.
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What Does 'Raw' Mean? When It Comes To Almonds, You Might Be Surprised

By law, all California almonds must be pasteurized or treated with a fumigant — processes aimed at preventing foodborne illness. But critics say the treatments taint flavor and mislead consumers.
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Wanna Go To Fit City? List Ranks America's 50 Fittest Metro Areas

The new American Fitness Index is out, with some good news and bad news. Five cities fell five or more slots; Washington, D.C., finished first, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul.
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Clinical Psychologist To Head Chicago's Cook County Jail

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Nneka Jones Tapia, a clinical psychologist who was appointed to lead one of the country's largest jails. More than a third of Cook County's inmates are mentally ill.

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