Tobacco giant Reynolds American is buying Lorillard and acquiring Newport, a popular menthol cigarette. In a shrinking market, Newport is one of the few U.S. brands gaining market share. It is particularly popular among African-American smokers. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

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Eduard Egarter-Vigl (left) and Albert Zink (right) sample Italy's mummified iceman for genetic analysis in November 2010. Previous research suggests he, too, was predisposed to heart disease. Samadelli Marco/EURAC hide caption

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California's Board of Pharmacy is considering requiring all pharmacies in the state to provide bilingual labels on prescription medicines. Basecamp Imaging/iStockphoto hide caption

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California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels

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Patients who get the comforts of palliative care as well as disease treatment live longer, studies show, than those who only get treatment for the disease. Annette Birkenfeld/iStockphoto hide caption

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The human Y chromosome (left) holds the code for "maleness"; that's the X on the right. Andrew Syred/Science Source hide caption

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With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

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People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

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Traditional warning labels on medicine boxes tend to be long on confusing language, critics say, but short on helpful numbers. iStockphoto hide caption

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How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

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When weighing the risk of heart disease, how the numbers are presented to patients can make all the difference. iStockphoto hide caption

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For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions

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