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Does Bacon Really Make Everything Better? Here's The Math

A number-crunching project that sifted through hundreds of thousands of recipes and user reviews finds something pork lovers have long known: Bacon does seem to take many dishes up a notch. But it's not the only "miracle" ingredient when it comes to boosting your food's flavor.
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FDA Wants Stricter Rules For Some Prescription Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it's recommending tighter regulation of some prescription painkillers. David Greene reports.
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A Tale Of Two HealthCare.gov Users

Kimberly Cartier and Chelsea Altman have had two very different experiences trying to use the new health care exchange website. David Greene explains what happened.
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Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues

Some clinics say they can't comply with a Texas law set to go into effect next week. It adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Laws like the one in Texas have passed in more than a dozen states.
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A Diagram Of HealthCare.gov, Based On The People Who Built It

We used the testimonies of the biggest contractors involved with the HealthCare.gov application system to create this guide to how the site's various parts work together, and how the complex system for registering you for health insurance is supposed to work.
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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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