Salma Shabaik holds her newborn son, Ali. When he was born, she held him naked against her bare skin, a practice called kangaroo care. Ali is wearing an ear cap to correct a lop ear. Morgan Walker for NPR hide caption

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Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too

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President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, signs his first executive order on health care, on Friday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Rep. Tom Price, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary, faced questions about his investments in health care companies during a confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Siphiwe Baleka (left) says he gained 15 pounds when he first started driving a truck; food was comfort and exercise was tough to come by. Trucking, he says, is "the most unhealthy occupation in America." Alex Smith hide caption

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What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics' guidelines on when children should stay home are more liberal than those of many day care centers. Thanasis Zovoilis/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., has said that the Affordable Care Act interferes with physicians' medical decisions. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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5 Things To Listen For At The Hearing With Trump's HHS Nominee

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For Many People, Medical Care Works Best When It's Incremental

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Luke Whitbeck, 2, sits on his mother's lap while the nurse prepares his treatment at a pediatric infusion center in Hawthorne, N.Y., in October 2016. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

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Drugs For Rare Diseases Have Become Uncommonly Rich Monopolies

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When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

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House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President-elect Mike Pence plan to include defunding of Planned Parenthood in a budget reconciliation bill intended to also defund the Affordable Care Act. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Marijuana's Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

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A mouse with predatory brain circuits switched on is much more likely to attack and kill prey like this cricket. Courtesy of Ivan de Araujo/Cell Press hide caption

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Flipping A Switch In The Brain Turns Lab Rodents Into Killer Mice

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