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Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads

Heroin overdose deaths have increased significantly in the U.S. over the past five years. Experts point to aggressive prescribing of opioid drugs for pain about 15 years ago as a reason why. Heroin users often say their addiction began with exposure to painkillers like OxyContin.
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The View From Down There: FDA Approves Pill-Cam For Colon Exams

Patients who undergo colon screenings might breathe a little easier now that U.S. regulators have approved a pill containing two cameras. The PillCam Colon is minimally invasive and runs on batteries, its maker says.
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When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour

Rodney Scott's legendary South Carolina barbecue cookhouse went up in flames last year, so friends of the pit master cooked up a plan to help him rebuild. Scott is now making a comeback with his Bar-B-Que in Exile Tour and bringing people together with his whole hog barbecue.
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RNC's Priebus Insists Minority Outreach Effort Is Built To Last

Much of politics is about symbols and gestures. And there were plenty of them at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., where the Republican National Committee marked Black History Month.
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Case Sheds Light On The Murky World Of Asbestos Litigation

Asbestos lawsuits have bankrupted scores of companies since the 1980s. In one case, a federal judge found that lawyers for people with a rare cancer linked to asbestos misled courts and made evidence disappear. The judge's decision could affect what other companies must pay victims in the future.
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U.S. And Iran Tread Potholed Path From Rivalry To Negotiation

As the U.S. and Iran negotiate over the country's nuclear program, many in Washington say that Tehran can't be trusted. Even the lead U.S. negotiator told lawmakers a few months ago that "deception is in Iran's DNA." Iranian leaders are equally scornful of the U.S. President Obama says that these years of mistrust can't be wished away but still asserts that negotiations between adversaries remain possible.
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Some Fake Coral Might Mean A Sea Change at Detroit Aquarium

Detroit's Belle Isle Aquarium is getting a little help from its friends in Washington, D.C. The National Aquarium closed late last year after more than 100 years. Thousands of dollars' worth of equipment went to the Motor City, where its own century-old aquarium is beautiful and historic — but starved for resources. Budget shortfalls forced its closure in 2005. But a scrappy team of volunteers has worked to open it to the public on a limited basis, and they hope the fake coral, fiberglass tank props, and other equipment from D.C. will help it regain some of its luster.
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Higher Blood Pressure At 18 Means Hardening Arteries At 40

Blood pressure is just not on the radar of most young adults. But even slightly elevated pressure before age 25 can lead to higher heart disease risk in middle age, a study finds. Young people can reduce their risk by exercising, eating right and avoiding smoking.
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Are We Paying $8 Billion Too Much For Mammograms?

Billions of dollars are spent each year on mammograms to screen for breast cancer. If American women are screened less frequently, the cost savings might be used to better tailor the care for women at an increased risk of cancer.
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Lawyer's Local-Market Super Bowl Spot Is An On-Fire Smash

The TV spot has won fans online, thanks to its use of slow motion, quick edits, smoke and fire to create an atmosphere that would suit a trailer for a new action hero. Attorney Jamie Casino is riding a wave of popularity as a result.

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