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Young bodies may more easily rebound from long bouts of sitting, with just an hour at the gym. But research suggests physical recovery from binge TV-watching gets harder in our 50s and as we get older. Lily Padula for NPR hide caption

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Home For The Holidays? Get Off The Couch!

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Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk

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Light Therapy Might Help People With Bipolar Depression

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Doctors think the chronic pain of "shoulder impingement" may arise from age-related tendon and muscle degeneration, or from a bone spur that can rub against a tendon. Michele Constantini/PhotoAlto/Getty Images hide caption

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Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question

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The study drew on survey data from half a million U.S. teenagers from 2010 to 2015. martin-dm/Getty Images hide caption

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Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

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A recent test by dermatologists found that 83 percent of the top-selling moisturizers that are labeled "hypoallergenic"contained a potentially allergenic chemical. Jill Ferry/Getty Images hide caption

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'Hypoallergenic' And 'Fragrance-Free' Moisturizer Claims Are Often False

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Brian Keith Thompson, owner of the Body Electric tattoo and piercing studio in Hollywood, says he is relentless in enforcing hygiene standards. Courtesy of Body Electric Tattoo hide caption

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Teen Wants A Tattoo? Pediatricians Say Here's How To Do It Safely

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Young bodies may more easily rebound from long bouts of sitting, with just an hour at the gym. But research suggests physical recovery from binge TV-watching gets harder in our 50s and as we get older. Lily Padula for NPR hide caption

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Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able To Later

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Surface stains from things like coffee, tea, tobacco and red wine can be lightened with routine brushing, flossing and professional cleaning in the dental office. But deeper stains that come with age and damage to the tooth require bleaching agents or veneers. Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption

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Navigating The 'Aisle Of Confusion' To Whiten Your Teeth

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Girls are much less likely to be diagnosed with autism, but that may be because the signs of the disorder can be less obvious than in boys. And girls may be missing out on help as a result. Sara Wong for NPR hide caption

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'Social Camouflage' May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

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Mammography has helped increase the early detection of breast tumors. Now, researchers say, the goal is to discern which of those tumors need aggressive treatment, including chemotherapy or radiation after surgery. Chicago Tribune/Getty Images hide caption

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Tumor Test Helps Identify Which Breast Cancers Don't Require Extra Treatment

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A change in guidelines for breast cancer surgery has resulted in fewer women having to undergo repeat surgeries. Martin J Cook/Getty Images hide caption

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Fewer Women Need To Undergo Repeat Surgery After Lumpectomy

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Researchers had participants wear the fitness trackers while walking or running on a treadmill and while riding an exercise bike to determine how well the trackers measured heart rate and energy expenditure. Paul Sakuma/Courtesy of Stanford University School of Medicine hide caption

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Fitness Trackers: Good at Measuring Heart Rate, Not So Good At Measuring Calories

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Hannah Vanderkooy demonstrates the napping pod she uses at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, N.M. Joe Suarez for NPR hide caption

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Stressed-Out High Schoolers Advised To Try A Nap Pod

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