Patti Neighmond Award-winning journalist Patti Neighmond is NPR's health policy correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.
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When Insurance Won't Cover Drugs, Americans Make 'Tough Choices' About Their Health

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Nancy Gustafson (right), an opera singer, used singing to reconnect with her mother, Susan Gustafson, who had dementia and was barely talking. She says her mom started joking and laughing with her again after they sang together. Emily Becker/Songs by Heart hide caption

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How Music Therapy Could Help People With Dementia

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For owners of rescue dogs of mixed breed heritage, it can be tempting to buy a DNA kit to get intel on your pup's ancestry. Catherine Falls Commercial/Getty Images hide caption

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The Pros And Cons Of Exploring Your Dog's DNA

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Mourners hold candles as they gather for a vigil at a memorial outside Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Luke E. Montavon/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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A large study published in late October found that weekly injections of Makena during the latter months of pregnancy "did not decrease recurrent preterm births." Jill Lehmann Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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Controversy Kicks Up Over A Drug Meant To Prevent Premature Birth

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Premature Birth Medication Makena Doesn't Work, Research Shows

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More Americans have been getting less than seven hours of sleep a night in the past several years, especially in professions such as health care. ER Productions Limited/Getty Images hide caption

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Working Americans Are Getting Less Sleep, Especially Those Who Save Our Lives

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Though complications from the flu can be deadly for people who are especially vulnerable, including pregnant women and their newborns, typically only about half of pregnant women get the needed vaccination, U.S. statistics show. BSIP/Getty Images hide caption

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Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

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U.S. adults put on about a pound a year on average. But people who had a regular nut-snacking habit put on less weight and had a lower risk of becoming obese over time, a new study finds. R.Tsubin/Getty Images hide caption

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Just A Handful Of Nuts May Help Keep Us From Packing On The Pounds As We Age

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In the alleged scheme, Medicare beneficiaries were offered, at no cost to them, genetic testing to estimate their cancer risk. Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Justice Department Charges 35 People In Fraudulent Genetic Testing Scheme

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Justice Department Charges 35 People With Defrauding Medicare Of More Than $2 Billion

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