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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Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

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The varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox in children, then lurks in the body for years and can cause painful shingles later in life. James Cavallini/Science Source hide caption

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Engineering A Shingles Vaccine That Doesn't Wimp Out Over Time

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Solid information on the risks of medications during pregnancy is often hard to come by. iStockphoto hide caption

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Some Antidepressants May Pose Increased Risk Of Birth Defects

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Ten-year-old Jake Herrera and his Los Angeles team run around the diamond as a warmup for baseball practice. Benjamin B. Morris for NPR hide caption

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Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game

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Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC

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Review Raises Troubling Questions About Marijuana's Safety, Effectiveness

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Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good

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To Ease Pain, Reach For Your Playlist

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Poll: A Look At Sports And Health In America

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Long-Term Depression May Boost Stroke Risk Long After Mood Improves

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For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A Doctor Visit

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Mellow Pastimes Can Be Good For Your Health, Too

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Some researchers recommend starting mammogram screening at age 40, while others say age 50. Some doctors think screening should be based on a woman's overall risk for breast cancer, not just her age. Hero Images/Corbis hide caption

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The Hidden Cost Of Mammograms: More Testing And Overtreatment

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Sure, Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

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