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Health Happenings: Feb. 2

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Trying to make mental health first aid as familiar as CPR

CDC: There were 41,149 suicides in 2013, making it the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S.

Mental Health First Aid course trains regular people to recognize mental health or substance problems and intervene

Half a million people in the U.S. have taken the training, including First Lady Michelle Obama

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Medicare approves reimbursements for end-of-life discussions

Almost seven years after some politicians blasted a proposal for Medicare to cover voluntary discussions about end-of-life care, a new regulation now authorizes payment for these very conversations. It was a quiet solution to an issue that physicians, families and health advocates have long pushed for.