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Employers are gathering detailed health and wellness information about their workers. Are confidentiality safeguards up to the task? Andy Baker/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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"My brain used to be my best friend," says Greg O'Brien, a journalist with early onset Alzheimer's. But he can't trust it anymore, he says. Alzheimer's is, in some ways, changing who he is. Amanda Kowalski and Samantha Broun for NPR hide caption

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The purple-stained Rothia dentocariosa bacteria are frequently found in the human mouth and respiratory tract. CDC hide caption

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Michael Doucleff Sr. (right) talks to a longtime customer at Duke Bakery in Alton, Ill. Dan Brannan/Courtesy of hide caption

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The Essure contraceptive device is placed in the fallopian tubes, where it causes scarring that blocks sperm from reaching eggs. Courtesy of Bayer HealthCare hide caption

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Six years after he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Greg O'Brien is thinking differently about the future. Even as he fights to hold on to his memory, he and his wife, Mary Catherine, are discussing how to let go. Courtesy of Greg O'Brien hide caption

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Gulping down coffee to stay awake at night delays the body's natural surge of the sleep hormone melatonin. Hayato D./Flickr hide caption

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Researchers say poor sleep quality, too much sleep and too little sleep all play a role in heart health. iStockphoto hide caption

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