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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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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All-In-One Pill May Help To Prevent Heart Disease, Researchers Say

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On the advice of a co-worker, Dehne joined a six-week program through which she learned how to safely walk to ease her pain. Now Dehne briskly walks for exercise and enjoyment multiple times a week. Her knees, she says, "don't hurt me anymore." Eamon Queeney for NPR hide caption

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Exercising To Ease Pain: Taking Brisk Walks Can Help

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Even if optimism doesn't come naturally, it can be taught, researchers say. Therapists can help you practice reframing your expectations, to cultivate a sunnier outlook. Roy Scott/Ikon Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Optimists For The Win: Finding The Bright Side Might Help You Live Longer

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Women May Be More Adept Than Men At Discerning Pain

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Timely support and treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can help children focus and thrive, pediatricians say. But it takes close follow-up after diagnosis to tailor that treatment and avoid drug side effects. Weeraya Siankulpatanakij/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Most Kids On Medicaid Who Are Prescribed ADHD Drugs Don't Get Proper Follow-Up

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Confused About Sunscreen Ingredients? Here's What We've Learned

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People Of Normal Weight May Be At Risk For Obesity-Related Health Issues

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