Hannah Rood, 3, receives an H1N1 vaccine at a clinic in San Pablo, California, during the 2009 swine flu epidemic. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men in the West, while lung and liver cancers are the top problems in Asia. Courtesy of the World Health Organization hide caption

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Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide

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Palestinian girls read the Koran at a camp in Gaza City, June 2012. In poor countries, boys are 20 percent more likely than girls to enroll in school, UNICEF says. Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Government workers exercise at their office in Mexico City, August 2013. To counter the obesity epidemic, the city requires all government employees to do at least 20 minutes of exercise each day. Tomas Bravo/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

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Yonta, 6, rests with her brother Leakhena, 4 months, under a mosquito bed net in the Pailin province of Cambodia, where deaths from malaria have decreased sharply in the past two decades. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

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Almaz Acha sits with her baby Alentse at her home in the rural community of Sadoye, in southern Ethiopia. Families in rural communities, like this one, have benefited from Ethiopia's health extension program. Julien Behal/PA Photos /Landov hide caption

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Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia

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A boy stands in the ruins of the leveled a neighborhood in Tacloban. Food and water supplies were almost nonexsistent in the days immediately after the storm. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan

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A polio worker vaccinates a child in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, in October. Arshad Arbab/EPA/Landov hide caption

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They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013

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Children get tested for malaria at a clinic near the Myanmar border in Sai Yoke, Thailand. Drug-resistant strains of the parasite have appeared in the region over the past few years. Surkree Sukplang/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Forgiveness And Reconciliation, Mandela's Legacy

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela, one of the world's most respected statesmen, died Thursday at 95. Denis Farrell/AP hide caption

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Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95

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Filipino men stand in line to fill containers with gas in Tacloban, Philippines, on Sunday. The area experienced widespread gas shortages in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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A Chronic Problem In Disaster Zones: No Fuel

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More Aid Reaching Remote Areas Of Philippines

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For Filipinos Displaced By Haiyan, The Struggle Continues

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A Filipino woman prays at morning Mass at Santo Nino church, which was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines, on Sunday. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Catholics In Philippines Turn To Church To Cope With Typhoon

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