Andrea Lopez takes her blood pressure. She belongs to a group of pregnant women that meets every two weeks to learn how to monitor their health and talk about pregnancy-related issues. Coburn Dukehart/NPR hide caption

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Even in Italy, healthy peasant fare like the fresh vegetables and fruits at this market stall in Venice isn't cheap, leading many there to abandon the famously healthful Mediterranean diet. Marco Secchi/Getty Images hide caption

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Peggy O'Brien-Murphy receives a massage from therapist Loretta Lanz. O'Brien-Murphy was among the participants in a study that found both relaxation and deep tissue massage are effective treatments for lower back pain. /Group Health Research Institute hide caption

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Doheny Beach in Orange County, Calif., photographed in 2005. A report on pollution at the nation's beaches found that Doheny failed at least one water quality standard 42 percent of the time it was tested in 2010. Flickr hide caption

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Swaying to and fro can help you rest easier. Amriphoto/ hide caption

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Belmont Senior High School cafeteria manager Carol Avalos stocked a refrigerated case with milk cartons in the Los Angeles school's cafeteria last month. The chocolate milk on the top shelf will soon be a thing of the past. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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A Washington man talking on his cellphone may be taking a health risk, according to an analysis from the World Health Organization that finds a possible risk of cancer from exposure to the devices. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Claims that strawberries and other foods rich in antioxidants can reduce inflammation and pain aren't backed up by much research. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Helen Reichert, 109, is adept at moving on after life throws her a curveball. Courtesy of Olive Villaluna hide caption

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At the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, 9-month-olds listen to Mandarin Chinese in play sessions with native speakers of Mandarin. On this week's podcast, we'll hear how some psychologists say being bilingual may actually be good for children's cognitive development. Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences/AP hide caption

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Zach Lester, seen here working in the field of Tree and Leaf Farm, grew the kale, chef Todd Woods cooked it, and Your Health podcast host Rebecca Davis got to eat it. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Tyler Scorza, 7, had his tonsils removed last year to help with his snoring. We have the story on this week's podcast. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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On this week's podcast we hear about needle biopsies, a less costly and less invasive alternative to surgical biopsies for breast cancer. National Cancer Institute hide caption

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Michael Wand demonstrates a technology that recognizes speech through muscle activity in the face rather than sound. Gretchen Cuda for NPR hide caption

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On this week's podcast - the FDA inspects cheese made from unpasteurized milk. Amy Standen for NPR hide caption

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