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A new rule by an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services preserves the right of patients and families to sue nursing homes in court. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sarepta Therapeutics was awarded a voucher for a fast-track drug review by the Food and Drug Administration when the company's medicine for Duchenne muscular dystropy was approved Sept. 19. Now Sarepta is looking to sell the voucher to the highest bidder. Mick Wiggins/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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A job reviewing drug applications at the Food and Drug Administration can be the springboard for a career in industry. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Chill Out: Stress Can Override Benefits Of Healthful Eating

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Backers of California's Proposition 56 hope to hit people hard enough in the wallet that they quit smoking. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Would California's Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

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The range of preventive health services covered without a copay could be extended to include condoms and vasectomies. Media for Medical/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Public health officials want doctors to consider treating alcohol abuse with medications that have a track record of success. Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Charles Mayer, 30, of San Diego survived an IED attack while serving in Iraq in 2010, but has suffered from complications including PTSD. Stuart Palley for NPR hide caption

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War Studies Suggest A Concussion Leaves The Brain Vulnerable To PTSD

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King County In Seattle Wants To Open Legal Heroin Clinics To Combat Epidemic

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Bob Topmiller, chief of toxicology at the Hamilton County Coroner's Office, holds a small vial containing carfentanil extracted from a sample of blood. Jake Harper/Side Effects Public Media hide caption

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Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio

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Dr. Lars Aanning, seen at his home outside Yankton, S.D., said he lied to protect a colleague in a malpractice case. Now, Aanning is a patient safety advocate. Jay Pickthorn/AP for ProPublica hide caption

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Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan Pharmacueticals, will face lawmakers' questions Wednesday about the company's steep price hikes for the company's life-saving EpiPen auto-injector. Dale Sparks/AP hide caption

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Mylan CEO Claims EpiPens Aren't As Profitable As Everyone Thinks

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