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Sandra Lopez (left) and her dog, Coco, greet hospice nurse Heather Meyerend last fall. In the weeks before Lopez died, Meyerend stopped by weekly to check her physical health, pain levels and medications. Amy Pearl/WNYC hide caption

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The coronavirus responsible for Middle East respiratory syndrome (green particles) seen on camel cells in a scanning electron micrograph. NIAID/Colorado State University hide caption

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Valerie Davidson was appointed health commissioner by Alaska's Gov. Bill Walker to help him expand Medicaid in the state. She'll look for middle ground with Republicans to get it done, she says. Lori Townsend/Alaska Public Media hide caption

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After a quick swipe and online registration, these test tubes were ready to ship back to the lab at the University of Colorado in Boulder for sequencing and analysis. Katherine Harmon Courage for NPR hide caption

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Number of providers by state who wrote at least 3,000 prescriptions for Schedule 2 controlled substances in 2012 in Medicare Part D. ProPublica/NPR hide caption

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Where are the health insurance deals? On the exchanges, many small businesses have concluded. Bjorn Rune Lie/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Recent research sequenced 48 bird species, including (from left) the budgerigar, the barn owl and the American flamingo. (Left and center)iStock; (Right) Chris Minerva/Ocean/Corbis hide caption

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Making and taking a hit chest to chest, instead of skull to skull, is easier to remember if you're not wearing a helmet, say University of New Hampshire Wildcat football players. Jack Rodolico/New Hampshire Public Radio hide caption

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The University of Virginia is trying to crack down on excessive and underage drinking at fraternities. Jay Paul/Getty Images hide caption

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