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Is It Safe For Medical Residents To Work 30-Hour Shifts?

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"It would be disingenuous of me not to suggest that the link between the ... recommendations and insurance coverage hasn't put an additional focus on our work," says Dr. Michael LeFevre. Courtesy of Michael LeFevre hide caption

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Kevin Lopez at home in Greenbelt, Md. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Will A Transplanted Hand Feel Like His Own? Surgery Raises Questions

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If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death As You Wished?

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The U.K. could become the first country to legalize the production of a human embryo from three donors. Here, the freezing platform for an embryo, top, also known as a straw, is seen at an in vitro fertilization lab. Jim Stevens/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Can Connecticut Force A Teenage Girl To Undergo Chemotherapy?

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From her cubicle at Vital Decisions in Cherry Hill, N.J., Kate Schleicher counsels people who are seriously ill. Emma Lee/WHYY hide caption

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Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

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Surgeons at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis prepare to transplant a liver in 2010. Karen Pulfer Focht/The Commercial Appeal/Landov hide caption

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Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver? Rules May Change

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issues a statement to the media after the execution of Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma Secretary of Safety and Security Michael C. Thompson stands behind her at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Alonzo Adams/AP hide caption

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For someone with a serious injury, it's not just a matter of getting in the door at the closest hospital, but getting in the door at the right hospital, says Dr. Arthur Kellermann, an emergency medicine specialist. micheal kennedy/iStockphoto hide caption

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Insurance, Not Injuries, May Determine Who Goes To Trauma Centers

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Say hello to your microbiome, Rob Stein. Our intrepid correspondent decided to get his gut bacteria analyzed. Now he's wondering if he needs to eat more garlic and onions. Morgan Walker/NPR hide caption

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Getting Your Microbes Analyzed Raises Big Privacy Issues

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H5N1 avian flu viruses (seen in gold) grow inside canine kidney cells (seen in green). Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC hide caption

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Questions About Bird Flu Research Swirl Around Private WHO Meeting

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Virologists and other scientists are meeting at the World Health Organization's Geneva headquarters to talk about the bird flu. Pierre Virot/WHO hide caption

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A chimpanzee eats a coconut at the Alamogordo Primate Facility at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., in an undated photo from the National Institutes of Health. A plan to move chimps that had retired to the facility after being subjects of medical experiments sparked controversy and a review of research policies. AP hide caption

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Biomedical Research Using Chimps Curtailed

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