Streptococcus pyogenes shouldn't be taken lightly. Left untreated, an infection with germ can trigger an autoimmune disease that damages the heart. NIAID/Flickr.com hide caption

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How Smartphones Became Vital Tools Against Dengue In Pakistan
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After Disasters, DNA Science Is Helpful, But Often Too Pricey
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Jackson Merrick, a sixth-grader from McLean, Va., says he donates half of his allowance to charity. Morgan Walker/NPR hide caption

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Humanitarian Aid Agencies Brace For Fallout From Syrian Strikes
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The source? Signs of the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus have been detected in camels on the Arabian Peninsula. But it's still a mystery how people catch the disease. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrians Anxious About Worsening Humanitarian Crisis
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