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In California, Smoking Rates Fall to Historic Low

In California, Smoking Rates Fall to Historic Low

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Tobacco: Californians are smoking less than ever before, with only about 12 percent reporting that they smoke regularly compared to about 25 percent in 1984, Duke Helfand reports for the Los Angeles Times.

Mental Health: Americans increasingly are prescribed antidepressants even when they don't need them, a new study suggests, David S. Freeman reports for CBS News.

Infant Health: A cheap and quick test for oxygen levels in the blood could help identify genetic heart defects in newborns, according to a new Lancet study examined by James Gallagher for BBC News.

Medical Research: Debt ceiling-induced budget cuts could imperil government-funded Alzheimer's and other medical research, Elizabeth Lopatto and Brian Faler report for Bloomberg News.

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