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Video: This man is having the time of his life somehow, all while getting his severely fractured ankle put back into place.

NSFW language warning. Also you might laugh out loud.

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Let's say you've got some pretty severe arthritis pain. Your doctor prescribes you the same anti-inflammatory they have prescribed everyone else, and it works! This new drug has given you new life! But then, you start hearing disturbing news reports — the same drug seems to be causing an increase in the rates of heart attacks and strokes. What do you do? How do you weigh the risks and the benefits?

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If you're the type of person that has trouble remembering to say, take your birth control or heart medication every day, technology offers a solution. Pillboxes, these days, are tricked out pieces of tech. For $US100 ($130) or less, you can buy one that syncs to your phone, reminds you to take your pills, and even tattles on you to your loved ones if you fail to heed its persistent beeps. Trouble is, the things might not actually work.

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Cocaine, as they say, is a hell of a drug. It affects three of the neurotransmitters in our brains that make us feel fantastic — dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine — and tolerance for the stuff doesn't seem to dissipate even months after quitting. (It's also expensive and bad for you.) Today, new research published in Translational Psychiatry adds another bizarre facet to one of the world's most popular drugs: The cocaine addicts in your life have unusual deposits of iron in their brains.

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People who have "experimented" with LSD know that its mind-altering effects can last upwards of 18 to 24 hours, which is unusual for a hallucinogenic drug. After nearly 30 years of research, scientists have finally mapped the physical structure of this fascinating molecule, revealing why it tends to linger in the brain.

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Ecstasy isn't only for ravers — a small series of clinical trials have demonstrated taking MDMA can be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration granted permission for large-scale, Phase 3 clinical trials for MDMA, which is the next step in the process to get it approved as a prescription drug.

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The future of public health in the United States was a hotly contested topic during the 2016 US election, with the presidential candidates making bold promises and several important ballot initiatives up for grabs. Here's how America voted, and what a Trump presidency means to America's health.

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Have you ever tried to get something that you shouldn't through customs? Frankly, I don't know how people summon the nerve. Whether it's illegal drugs, exotic animal meat or counterfeit purses, people will try to smuggle just about anything. And everyone seems to have their own favourite hiding places. But if any of your favourites are on the list below, you might want to rethink your life choices.