"Some days I wake up and go, 'Am I wasting time, when I could be on chemotherapy or getting a surgery?' " asks Tony Lapinski, a Montana veteran who worries about what is causing his severe back pain. Michael Albans for NPR hide caption

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Despite $10B 'Fix,' Veterans Are Waiting Even Longer To See Doctors
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Early treatment for autism is key to making the most of the intervention, researchers say. Marc Romanelli/Blend Images RM/Getty Images hide caption

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California is the second state to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. A similar law went into effect in Hawaii on Jan. 1. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Diane Horvath-Cosper says part of her job is advocating for patients' access to health care, including abortions. Gabriella Demczuk hide caption

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Can A Hospital Tell A Doctor To Stop Talking About Abortion?
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The unique medical program at the University of California, Berkeley is housed in its School of Public Health. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Thomas Mangrum of Washington, D.C., has used a wheelchair for 15 years. The company that provides his helper --€” who assists him with his day-to-day activities — will have some tough choices to make once new regulations regarding overtime pay for lower-salaried workers come into effect. Courtesy of Amy Brooks hide caption

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New Overtime Rules May Put Squeeze On Caregivers For Those With Disabilities
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Members of Congress complained to the administration that hospitals needed more time to check the accuracy of quality ratings. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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The Clinical Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md., is an internationally renowned hospital where patients are also research subjects. NIH/Flickr hide caption

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A worker in Claysville, Pa., shovels the fine powder that's part of a watery mixture used in hydraulic fracturing. Silica dust is created in a wide variety of construction and manufacturing industries, too. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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Tighter, Controversial Silica Rules Aimed At Saving Workers' Lungs
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