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'Tinderbox': How The West Fueled The AIDS Epidemic

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Science Diction: The Origin Of 'Tuberculosis'

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Mild Winter May Be Keeping Flu Bugs At Bay

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A health worker injects a woman with a shot of Depo Provera, a quarterly contraceptive injection, at a health clinic in Busia, Uganda, in 2009. MCT/MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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Virologists and other scientists are meeting at the World Health Organization's Geneva headquarters to talk about the bird flu. Pierre Virot/WHO hide caption

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Haitians suffering from cholera symptoms rest at the treatment center in Mirebalais, a dusty town north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, last June. The cholera epidemic in Haiti began in Mirebalais, believed to be the result of overflowing bathrooms from a nearby U.N. compound. Eduardo Verdugo/AP hide caption

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Can Vaccines Break Cholera's Deadly Hold On Haiti?

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A man from Liberia uses a pump to adjust his liquid silicon lens. Liquid-lens glasses are part of an effort to make eyewear more accessible in the developing world. Courtesy of Centre for Vision in the Developing World hide caption

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Where Eye Care Is A Luxury, Technology Offers Access

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Many over-the-counter contraceptives contain a spermicide known as nonoxynol-9. Gretchen Cuda Kroen/For NPR hide caption

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What Spermicide Users Should Know, But Often Don't

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Chhay Meth, 9, suffering through an attack of malaria at the family's home in O'treng village on the outskirts of Pailin, Cambodia, in 2009. A drug-resistant form of malaria in the region medical led officials to declare a health emergency. David Longstreath/AP hide caption

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Catholic Bishops Revolt Against Birth Control Rules

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Dr. Dan Shuman (right), who was recruited to the Ashland Health Clinic as part of its mission-focused medicine program, consults with a patient about smoking cessation. Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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How One Hospital Entices Doctors To Work In Rural America

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An artist on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach puts the final touches on a sand sculpture of the assassin bug, which spreads Chagas disease. The sculpture was part of an event in 2009 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the disease. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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