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FW toddler gets patio of possibilities

Addyson Houser was born with an extremely rare syndrome. Doctors never expected her to make it out of the womb, let alone celebrate her third birthday this weekend.

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Annual county health rankings released

Three-fourths of Indiana residents have adequate access to places to exercise, yet nearly a third of the state’s adults are obese according to data released Wednesday in the 2016 County Health Rankings.

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the CDC is urging general doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to powerful opioids drugs, the CDC is urging primary care doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers.

File - In this March 1, 2016 file photo, a man smokes a cigarette in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

California lawmakers approve raising smoking age to 21

California lawmakers voted Thursday to make the nation’s most populous state the second to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 as part of a sweeping package of measures they are considering to crack down on tobacco.