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Pfizer Announces It's Splitting Up Its Drug Business

The world's largest drugmaker says it's planning on dividing its business into separate units for brand-name drugs and generics. The company's generics have a far lower profit margin than drugs protected by patents.
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Fifteen Years After Approval, Medical Marijuana Finally Goes On Sale In D.C.

It may have taken 15 years to happen, but medical marijuana is now available for qualifying patients in D.C.

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Montana's State-Run Free Clinic Sees Early Success

A year ago, Montana opened the nation's first clinic for free primary healthcare services to its state government employees. It was pitched as a way to improve employee health but faced political opposition. A year later, the state says the clinic is saving money and diagnosing a host of issues.
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Panel Urges Lung Cancer Screening For Millions Of Americans

Most people get diagnosed with lung cancer when it's too late to effectively treat it. A federal panel is trying to improve the odds by saying that longtime smokers and former smokers should get annual CT scans to check for lung cancer.
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Canvassers For Health Coverage Find Few Takers In Boca Raton

Most Americans aren't aware that they may be able to buy health insurance under the new marketplaces. So an outreach effort lead by veterans of the Obama administration and campaigns is going door to door to get the word out.
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Boys With Autism Or ADHD More Prone To Overuse Video Games

Boys with autism spectrum disorders or ADHD put in twice as much time each day playing video games as do typically developing boys. But researchers say they don't know if the games contribute to behavior issues or if the children's difficulties make video games more alluring.
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FBI: Operation Rescues 105 Sexually Exploited Children

The FBI says it also arrested more than 150 alleged pimps in 76 U.S. cities during Operation Cross Country VII.
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How To Find A Path Off The Dreaded Diet Plateau

At first the pounds melt off and then, nothing. But diet plateaus are a normal part of the body's adjusting to a lower weight. Weight loss experts say trying a variety of tactics can help move beyond the diet plateau. For most people exercise works best.
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Two-Day Diets: How Mini Fasts Can Help Maximize Weight Loss

The idea of intermittent mini-fasting seems to be gaining traction. The appeal: Dieters have to restrict calories for only two days a week. Research suggests this approach is more effective than trying to cut back on calories 24/7.
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High-Deductible Health Plans, Gamble For Some, On The Rise

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act looming, many employers are switching from traditional health care plans to what are known as high-deductible plans. These plans have lower premiums, but put patients on the hook for thousands in out-of-pocket expenses.

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