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Food assistance recipients spend about 10 percent of their food budget on sugary drinks, while the rest of the population spends about 7 percent. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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When you get hearing aids, it can help you stay more stimulated and socially engaged. Fancy/Veer/Corbis/Getty Images hide caption

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Want To Keep Your Brain Sharp? Take Care Of Your Eyes And Ears

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"I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven't been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. James Leynse/Corbis/Getty Images hide caption

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CDC Investigates Cases Of Rare Neurological 'Mystery Illness' In Kids

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Alex Schwartzman, a law student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., is one of only 8 to 39 percent of college students who get the flu shot in a given year. Mary Mathis/NPR hide caption

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Think You Don't Need A Flu Shot? Here Are 5 Reasons To Change Your Mind

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A farmer in India piles millet in a field. Grains such as millet and sorghum pack a powerful nutritional punch, but they are overlooked for calorie-laden commodity crops such as wheat or maize. Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Food Safety Scares Are Up In 2018. Here's Why You Shouldn't Freak Out

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The Latest Scientific Advice On Drinking Alcohol: Don't.

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Vacation days piling up? Even a short trip can boost well-being. Kristen Uroda for NPR hide caption

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Vacation Days Piling Up? Here's How To Get The Most Out Of A Short Vacation

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A small new study shows that successful dieters had an abundance of a bacteria called Phascolarctobacterium, whereas another bacteria, Dialister, was associated with a failure to lose weight. sorbetto/Getty Images hide caption

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Diet Hit A Snag? Your Gut Bacteria May Be Partly To Blame

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Unless you replenish fluids, just an hour's hike in the heat or a 30-minute run might be enough to get mildly dehydrated, scientists say. RunPhoto/Getty Images hide caption

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Off Your Mental Game? You Could Be Mildly Dehydrated

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Heat Making You Lethargic? Research Shows It Can Slow Your Brain, Too

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When ticks come into contact with clothing sprayed with permethrin, research shows, they quickly become incapacitated and are unable to bite. Pearl Mak/NPR hide caption

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To Repel Ticks, Try Spraying Your Clothes With A Pesticide That Mimics Mums

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The latest study to link coffee and longevity adds to a growing body of evidence that, far from a vice, the brew can be protective of good health. Sutthiwat Srikhrueadam / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer. Decaf May Do The Trick, Too

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