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FDA Seeks To Tighten Controls On Hydrocodone Painkillers

The painkiller OxyContin is already classified as a Schedule II drug because of the "severe" risk of addiction. Now the Food and Drug Administration wants to move Vicodin and other painkillers containing hydrocodone to Schedule II as well, citing soaring rates of addiction and overdose deaths.
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Feds Recast Child Prostitutes As Victims, Not Criminals

For years, many police departments have dealt with child prostitutes by putting them in juvenile detention centers. But federal agencies say that minors are often sex trafficking victims in need of help — and who can, in turn, help put their pimps in jail.
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Almonds For Skinny Snackers? Yes, They Help Curb Your Appetite

The nuts are calorie dense and rich in fat, but munching on them seems to help curb appetites, fresh research shows. Why? The protein, unsaturated fat composition and fiber in almonds all very likely play a role.
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Dangerous Fungus Makes A Surprise Appearance In Montana

Infectious disease specialists were surprised when a retired rancher in Montana tested positive for histoplasmosis, a fungal infection common in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. The fungus can be spread in bird droppings, but how it got to Montana remains a mystery.
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Obamacare Contractors Head To Capitol Hill For House Hearing

House lawmakers got their first chance to grill government contractors Thursday about the botched rollout of the health insurance website under the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle wanted to know what went wrong and why. For the most part, the contractors pointed fingers back at the federal government.
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Want To Cut Calories? Try Snacking On Calorie-Dense Almonds

A new study has found that people who snack on almonds really do eat less throughout the day. It's the combination of fiber, protein and the fact that we don't absorb all the calories we eat since we don't chew them very well. Another reason? They don't have carbs, which stimulate our appetites.
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Slaying 'Little Dragons': Guinea Worm Moves Toward Eradication

Known as the "affliction with little dragons," Guinea worm is a nasty parasite that can grow up to 3 feet inside a person. A decades-long campaign to eliminate the worm is starting to pay off. There were only about 500 cases worldwide in 2012, and 89 cases in the first half of 2013.
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What's The Real Deadline For Buying Health Coverage?

With the federally run health insurance exchange at HealthCare.gov mired in technology problems, there's a lot of talk about how long people who need insurance can wait to buy it. Tardy purchasers face a potential tax penalty.
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Obamacare Website Mess: Whose Fault Is It?

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is feeling the heat because of all the technical problems with the new health exchange websites. For more on possible fixes, and what it all means for Americans seeking coverage, host Michel Martin talks to Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News.
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A View Of Insurance Marketplace Problems From 4 States

Weeks after the online health insurance marketplaces opened, people are struggling to buy coverage. Mississippi and Alaska are depending on the federal government for their sites, and they haven't managed to sign up many people. California and Oregon built their own exchanges, but even those sites are having problems.

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