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Painkiller abuse begins with doctors, study concludes

LOS ANGELES — Doctors are fueling the nation’s prescription drug epidemic and represent the primary source of narcotic painkillers for chronic abusers, according to a new government study.
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Weather could set off strokes

There might be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

New research examines how stress knots brain

Stress can damage the brain. The hormones it releases can change the way nerves fire, and send circuits into a dangerous feedback loop, leaving us vulnerable to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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“I want to help end obesity’

EAST WENATCHEE — Kearsten Weeks used to be obese. Now, she hopes to be Mrs. Washington, maybe even Mrs. America.

Lose weight with a friend, study says

For the 78 million American adults who are obese and may be ready to lose a significant amount of weight, a new study has some advice: Don’t go it alone.

Cancer report describes ‘amazing progress’

LOS ANGELES — There were more than 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the United States in 2012 — nearly 2 million more than in 2008 — according to a cancer research report released Tuesday.