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Marijuana use is risky for teens and pregnant women and can be habit-forming, says the U.S. surgeon general. Jane Khomi/Getty Images hide caption

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Surgeon General Sounds Alarm On Risk Of Marijuana Addiction And Harm

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Duped In The Deli Aisle? 'No Nitrates Added' Labels Are Often Misleading

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Though not the same as actually jumping into the waves, a virtual reality program like this one that let a headset-wearing patient "swim with dolphins" was enough of an immersive distraction to significantly reduce pain, a study found. Courtesy of Cedars Sinai/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Got Pain? A Virtual Swim With Dolphins May Help Melt It Away

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Smog is common not only in Los Angeles but also in cities across the country. New research finds that long-term exposure to high levels of air pollution may be as harmful to the lungs as smoking. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Air Pollution May Be As Harmful To Your Lungs As Smoking Cigarettes, Study Finds

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People light candles during a prayer and candle vigil organized by the city, after the recent shooting at a WalMart in El Paso, Texas. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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From Pain To Purpose: 5 Ways To Cope In The Wake Of Trauma

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Large swaths of forest have been cut down in Brazil in recent decades to make room for farming. Deforestation contributes to global warming, and reversing it will be necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change. Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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To Slow Global Warming, U.N. Warns Agriculture Must Change

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Allergan Recalls Textured Breast Implants Linked To Rare Type Of Cancer

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Mixing Alcohol And Sun? Beware, A Buzz Begets A Faster Burn

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Shines Spotlight On Acute Flaccid Myelitis

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How A Break From Alcohol Influences Health

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Chris Marshall has organized pop-up Sans Bars in New York, Washington, D.C., and Anchorage, Alaska. And he has expanded into permanent spaces in Kansas City, Mo., and western Massachusetts. Julia Robinson for NPR hide caption

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Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits

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Athletic Brewing Co. co-founders Bill Shufelt (right) and John Walker, here at the company's production plant in Stratford, Conn., have created a range of high-quality nonalcoholic beers to provide people more options when they're out socializing. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Processed meats, including hot dogs and bacon, cook in a frying pan. A new study of 80,000 people finds that those who ate the most red meat — especially processed meats such as bacon and hot dogs — had a higher risk of premature death compared with those who cut back. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Truvada to prevent HIV infection in people at high risk. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Expert Panel Recommends Wider Use Of Daily Pill To Prevent HIV Infections

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