Top stories in health and medicine this morning, April 26, 2012

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1. WHO Policy Could Have Big Effect on Smoking Rates. Without implementation of a World Health Organization policy package called MPOWER, the number of adult smokers around the world will continue to grow over the next two decades, even as prevalence retreats slightly.

2. Feds Analyze, Target Rx Painkiller Abuse. Most people who misuse prescription painkillers get their stash from friends and family.

3. Robotic Surgery Dominant in Prostate Cancer. Fueled in part by fewer complications, robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) has surpassed open surgery as the predominant surgical approach to localized prostate cancer.

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