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'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

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"If there's one thing I can promise you facts are not enough...I won't say they don't matter, but they're not enough. You need to connect with people on a basic level about things. And when you do that they respond." - Michael Specter TED/TED hide caption

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Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?

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Women have gotten conflicting advice from doctors about when to have mammograms. Amelie Benoist/Science Source hide caption

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OB-GYNs Give Women More Say In When They Have Mammograms

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As a child, Rachael Goldring had multiple open-heart surgeries to treat her congenital heart disease. At 24, she still sees pediatricians because she has had difficulty finding the right care in adult medicine. Kerry Klein/KVPR hide caption

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Survivors Of Childhood Diseases Struggle To Find Care As Adults

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Dramatic Increase In Number Of People Being Hospitalized Due To Opioids

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New research finds that a yoga class designed specifically for back pain can be as effective as physical therapy in relieving pain. The yoga protocol includes gentle poses and avoids more difficult ones. Comstock Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Study Finds Yoga Can Help Back Pain, But Keep It Gentle, With These Poses

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Sonia Vallabh lost her mother to a rare brain disease in 2010, and then learned she had inherited the same genetic mutation. She and her husband, Eric Minikel, went back to school to study the family of illnesses — prion diseases — in the hope of finding a cure for Sonia. Kayana Szymczak for NPR hide caption

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A Couple's Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

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About 10,000 cardiac arrests happen in workplaces each year, according to the American Heart Association. Using an automatic external defibrillator can increase the chance of survival. Shelby Knowles/NPR hide caption

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A 1980 letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine was later widely cited as evidence that long-term use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone was safe, even though the letter did not back up that claim. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Doctor Who Wrote 1980 Letter On Painkillers Regrets That It Fed The Opioid Crisis

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The Roots Of Consciousness: We're Of 2 Minds

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A sometimes lethal strain of H7N9 bird flu that has infected about 1,500 people in China doesn't spread easily among humans — yet. But research published Thursday suggests just a few genetic mutations might be enough to make it quite contagious. Pasieka/Science Source hide caption

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A Few Genetic Tweaks To Chinese Bird Flu Virus Could Fuel A Human Pandemic

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When the neurons that release the neurotransmitter dopamine die, people develop Parkinson's disease. Roger J. Bick &/Brian J. Poindexter / UT-Houston/Science Source hide caption

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Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's

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Drones carrying automated external defibrillators got to the sites of previous cardiac arrest cases faster than ambulances had, according to test runs conducted by Swedish researchers. Andreas Claesson/Courtesy of FlyPulse hide caption

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Video: That Time We Tried Pore Vacuuming In South Korea

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Charlene Yurgaitis gets health insurance through Medicaid in Pennsylvania. It covers the counseling and medication she and her doctors say she needs to recover from her opioid addiction. Ben Allen/WITF hide caption

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GOP's Proposed Cuts To Medicaid Threaten Treatment For Opioid Addiction

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