Vera Wojtesta was one of 300 babies flagged by New York's newborn screening program as at risk of having life-threatening Krabbe disease. Ben Shutts/Courtesy of the Wojtesta family hide caption

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Screening Newborns For Disease Can Leave Families In Limbo

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Though some people might need more of specific vitamins, multivitamins don't help most people, studies say. iStockphoto hide caption

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There's no evidence that triclosan and other chemicals in antibacterial soaps do a better job than plain soap and water, the FDA says. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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Being the littlest may mean more protection and care from parents, psychologists say. Getty Images/Image Source hide caption

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A polio worker vaccinates a child in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, in October. Arshad Arbab/EPA/Landov hide caption

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They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013

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Students at Northeast Elementary Magnet, in Danville, Ill., play around. Fewer than 1 in 5 parents polled said their kids were getting physical education daily. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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David Vetter was born without a functioning immune system and spent his life in a bubble that protected him from germs. He died at age 12 in 1984. Scientists are using gene therapy to treat the disorder so that children can live normally. Science Source hide caption

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Students at Lowell High School in Michigan sit down for lunch. Shorter lunch breaks mean that many kids don't get enough time to eat and socialize. Emily Zoladz/Landov hide caption

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These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes

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Nurses tend newborns at Sloane Hospital for Women in New York City. Pat Carroll/Getty hide caption

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Syrian boys line up to get the polio vaccine at a refugee camp in Sidon, Lebanon, on Nov. 7. The Lebanese government plans to vaccinate all kids under age 5 for the virus, including Syrian refugees. Mohammad Zaatari/AP hide caption

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As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts

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Colleen Frainey, 16, of Tualatin, Ore., cut back on advanced placement classes in her junior year because the stress was making her physically ill. Toni Greaves for NPR hide caption

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School Stress Takes A Toll On Health, Teens And Parents Say

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The Odon Device was inspired by a YouTube video about how to remove a cork from the inside of a wine bottle. The Odon Device hide caption

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Children under age 2 can reason abstractly, researchers say. Jandrie Lombard/iStock hide caption

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In Pregnancy, What's Worse? Cigarettes Or The Nicotine Patch?

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