"The people that I know who have lost spouses, children, some of them are so ashamed that they wouldn't even acknowledge it as a cause of death," says A. Thomas McLellan, co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute. Courtesy of Treatment Research Institute hide caption

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Treating Addiction As A Chronic Disease

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Johnny Reynolds ignored diabetes symptoms and put off going to the doctor for years when he didn't have health insurance. He was afraid he couldn't afford treatment. Anders Kelto/NPR hide caption

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States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes

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Gaining a few more years of healthy life would be great for individuals, but expensive for Medicare, researchers say. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease

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Percentage of deaths each year due to neonatal disorders around the globe. Courtesy of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation hide caption

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Students paste red ribbons on a window to mark World AIDS Day in Nanjing, China, in 2006. Although many infectious diseases have declined in the country, the number of new HIV cases nearly quadrupled between 2007 and 2011. AP hide caption

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Aging Poorly: Another Act Of Baby Boomer Rebellion

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