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When a former patient died from a lethal combination of methadone and Benadryl, Dr. Ako Jacintho got a letter from the state medical board. Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption

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California Doctors Alarmed As State Links Their Opioid Prescriptions to Deaths

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Thomas "Uptown T" Stewart (left), has been shucking oysters at Pascal's Manale restaurant for more than 30 years, about as long as Paula (middle) and Brent Coussou have been going there. Travis Lux/WWNO hide caption

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The sweetened beverage industry has spent millions to combat soda taxes and support medical groups that avoid blaming sugary drinks for health problems. Melissa Lomax Speelman/Getty Images hide caption

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Drug addiction is a big concern to rural Americans, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Alice Goldfarb/NPR hide caption

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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic

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The conversation around gun violence in the U.S. usually focuses on homicides, urban crime and mass shootings. But the overwhelming majority of gun deaths are suicides. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Sharp Increase In Gun Suicides Signals Growing Public Health Crisis

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During his life, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was known not only for his novels, but for his scientific research and public health advocacy. Herbert Watson/Charles Dickens Museum hide caption

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CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically

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A billboard above a gas station reads "Feel The Burn," a play on 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign slogan, "Feel The Bern." It's actually promoting tests for sexually transmitted diseases. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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The Level 1 adult trauma center will officially launch on May 1. Rob Hart/Courtesy of University of Chicago Medicine hide caption

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After Push From Activists, Chicago's South Side Gets An Adult Trauma Center

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Dr. Garen Wintemute at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center, says of the new authority given to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "There's no funding. There's no agreement to provide funding. There isn't even encouragement." Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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