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After 60+ years of smoking, my mother-in-law’s lungs were surely a toxic wasteland, yet nothing would make her quit. Journalist Ricki Lewis examines the risks and benefits of Chantix and highlights a new way to get smokers to quit: texting.

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How one journalist tackled a project on childhood obesity:

 

"I learned a ton, but I can’t say I’d wish this experience on my worst enemy. Did I mention it’s a broad topic?"

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Medicaid woes in California, a better, but costly, lung cancer screening tool, health reform's unintended consequences and more from our Daily Briefing.

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The Drug Industry Document Archive have has some incredible documents on the antidepressant Paxil that provide windows into a previously closed-off world.

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Montel Williams opens a medical marijuana clinic in Sacramento, Louisville's bid to prevent obesity and new sunscreen guidelines plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Nathan's just 14, but he's no slouch. He's articulate, creative, has a good group of friends and seems to take time to think about what he's doing. He's also been overweight for most of his life. To him, it feels like a curse.

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Before he was busted for prescribing drugs over the Internet, Dr. Stephen Hollis wrote 43,930 prescriptions for drugs in just one year, about about 170 scrips every workday. How is that even possible? Hollis tells me how.

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A doctor busted for prescribing drugs for an Internet pharmacy talks about how and why he did it.

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William Heisel interviews health writer Liz Scherer about the latest coverage of the Women's Health Initiative study on hormone replacement therapy and her tips for covering women's health.

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In today's Daily Briefing, we are looking at the effects of proposed budget cuts, the hurdles for mobile apps and foreign doctors, and the pay of mental health professionals. What are you reading? Share in comments.

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