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Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend - but not by choice....



Startup wants to bring back Vioxx for hemophilia joint pain
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Could there be a second life for the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so....



Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says
CHICAGO (AP) -- Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found....



VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets
HERALD, W.Va. (AP) -- A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet - test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia....



Nearly half of US cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors....



Opioids haunt users' recovery: 'It never really leaves you'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father's cancer pain medicine....



Opioid crisis cost $504B in 2015, higher than once thought
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Monday that the opioid epidemic is "ravaging so many American families and communities." It also appears to be more expensive than previously thought, according to a government analysis released Monday....



Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Newly disclosed financial records show that President Donald Trump's nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary reaped big earnings during his tenure as a top pharmaceutical executive....



Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says....



Hard to believe: Some consumers find free health insurance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're starting to see an impact on sign-ups....