For women who carry certain genes, getting a double mastectomy before anything shows up on a mammogram may reduce breast and ovarian cancer risk. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Breast Removal Reduces Cancer Risk In Some Women

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Slightly Premature Babies At Risk For Cerebral Palsy

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Eggs themselves are remarkably resistant to germs like salmonella. The shell and proteins in the egg white normally do a good job of fending off pathogens. But eggs laid by a bird infected with salmonella will likely be infected, too. Courtesy of John Ingraham hide caption

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With Salmonella, It's A Chicken-Or-Egg Conundrum

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Shaun Parker moved from Menasha, Wis., to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film nearly 20 years after his initial plans were derailed by an illness in the family, but he never lost the determination to craft his own life story. At the end of his life, Parker says, he wants to be able to say, "I was part of something that moved you." Katie Falkenberg for NPR hide caption

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Our Storied Lives: Narrating, Navigating Adversity

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Rodents, Contamination Found At 2 Egg Farms

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Through the lens of evolution, a belief in God serves a very important purpose: Religious belief set us on the path to modern life by stopping cheaters and promoting the social good. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Is Believing In God Evolutionarily Advantageous?

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Leonid Burmistrov, a researcher at the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry, stands amid orange "sorbus" or "mountain ash." This fruit and others could be destroyed if the Russian government sells the land in the village of Pavlovsk. David Greene/NPR hide caption

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Researchers Fight To Save Fruits Of Their Labor

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When The Levees Broke: The rate of suicide in 2008 and 2009 in Orleans Parish was about twice as high as it was the two years before the levees broke.  Above, the 17th Street Canal Levee. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Traces Of Katrina: New Orleans Suicide Rate Still Up

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Natural-Born Storyteller? Shaun Parker moved from Menasha, Wis., to Los Angeles nearly 20 years after an illness in his family put his adolescent dreams on hold. "I liked the idea that I was meant to be something more," Parker says. "I always said that we're kind of the sum total of the decisions we make in life, and I just felt like I could very easily make the decisions that lead me away from that path of being more, whatever it is." Katie Falkenberg for NPR hide caption

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Our Storied Lives: The Quest For 'Something More'

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Trapped Miners Face Dangerous Isolation

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In the future, physician assistants like Jim Love could could be playing a bigger role in primary care. Julie Rovner/NPR hide caption

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Midlevel Providers Fill Primary Care Doctors' Shoes

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David Schulte, a marine biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is trying to engineer a recovery for Chesapeake Bay oysters. He has developed a small reef area to provide a habitat for oysters in one of the bay's tributaries. Elizabeth Shogren/NPR hide caption

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Shelling Out For A Chesapeake Bay Oyster Comeback

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