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Heroin Use on the Rise Among Women, Wealthier People, CDC Finds
Prescription painkiller addiction often precedes use of street drug

'Watchful Waiting' Becoming More Common for Prostate Cancer Patients
Study finds men with low-risk disease often getting monitoring over surgery, radiation, hormone therapy

Wide Variations Seen in U.S. Stroke Care
Only small percentage of patients receive clot-busting drug or other urgent treatment, study shows

Stroke Tied to Long-Term Mental Decline
Deterioration centers around ability to think, plan, study finds

Most Americans Favor Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21: CDC
Even 70 percent of smokers support the concept

Women Spend Far Less on Birth Control Because of 'Obamacare'
Out-of-pocket costs for 'the pill' fell 38 percent between 2012 and 2013, study finds

Medical Marijuana Ads May Prompt Pot Use Among Teens
Study suggests prevention efforts should highlight negative effects drug can have on the brain

Brain Chemical Dopamine May Boost Risk-Taking in Healthy People
Study findings echo those of Parkinson's patients taking meds to increase dopamine levels

Good at Imagining Aromas? You May Be Prone to Weight Gain
Ability to conjure up odors in the mind might lead to food cravings, research suggests

Chronic Ills May Add Up to a Shortened Life Span
Study finds combination of diabetes, heart disease and stroke can cut up to 15 years of life expectancy

Tiny Brain Lesions Linked to Raised Risk of Stroke Death
Even in those with no symptoms, small damaged areas were tied to greater odds of stroke, study finds

How Long Do Patients With Clots in the Lung Need Blood Thinners?
New French study suggests that anti-clotting drugs may be needed for the very long term

Who's Most Likely to Get Addicted to Their Narcotic Painkiller?
People with a history of smoking or abusing drugs at highest risk of long-term use, study found

More Parents See Benefits of Vaccines, Poll Finds
Reports on outbreaks of measles, whooping cough in past year may have shifted opinions, pediatrician says

Entresto Approved for Heart Failure
When heart can't pump enough blood

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Swelling, stiffness and pain may be symptoms

Health Tip: Help Kids Prevent Stress
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