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A grim future for California's adult day health centers, Groupon's move into health care, colon cancer deaths on the decline and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Most Americans know what's killing us. Stop smoking, eat better, exercise, and wear your seatbelt — just those four simple steps, alone, could save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Here are 10 ways to help people hear that message.

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It’s happening several times a day now. “My friend may have a brain tumor.” “I have been short of breath.” “What do you think I should do?” I am not a doctor, but people are increasingly looking to me as if I were one. It’s a little daunting.

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This story is Part 14 of a 15-part series that examines health care needs in Gary, Ind.

When Shantray Hooks, of Gary, lost her job as a restaurant cook in August, she didn’t know how she would pay for doctor visits.

“I had no health insurance and I couldn’t afford to pay a doctor,” said Hooks, 29, who was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago.

A doctor referred her to the Community Health Net of Gary, a federally qualified community health center that provides comprehensive primary care health services and charges on a sliding fee scale for services.

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From extreme superbugs to NSFW cancer screening campaigns: welcome to Wednesday’s Daily Briefing!

Here’s what we’re reading and watching today:

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Scott Reuben, a Massachusetts anesthesiologist, had landed a job as the chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He also had published dozens of papers in academic journals touting the benefits of painkillers made by drug giants Pfizer and Merck.

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Putting together a scientific research paper should be a different process than building a Ford Taurus or making a Big Mac.

For the drug companies and their ghostwriting partners, it isn’t.

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