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Aspirin can lower the risk of heart attacks, but there's concern that it's being overused. Jim DeLillo/iStockphoto hide caption

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Panel Says Aspirin Lowers Heart Attack Risk For Some

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Researchers say poor sleep quality, too much sleep and too little sleep all play a role in heart health. iStockphoto hide caption

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Good Quality Sleep May Build Healthy Hearts

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The parts of the brain known to help process fear and negative emotion are hyperactive when someone with math anxiety confronts a tricky problem, scientists say. iStockphoto hide caption

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Playing Youth Sports Takes A Lot More Green Than It Used To

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Detweiler was surprised to learn she wasn't eating enough to fuel her training regimen. As an athlete, doctors and nutritionists say, she needed more food variety and more calories — three snacks daily, as well as bigger meals. Courtesy of Nationwide Children's Hospital hide caption

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To Thrive, Many Young Female Athletes Need A Lot More Food

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University Medical Center New Orleans on Aug. 1, when the $1 billion facility welcomed its first patients. Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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Katrina Shut Down Charity Hospital But Led To More Primary Care

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Dyha Gresham (front, left), her older sister Briceshanay (in back) and Briceshanay's daughter Uri stand in their New Orleans home with the family's cat Sugar-Pepper and dog Selena. After Katrina, Briceshanay says, she relied on theater and the arts to help her "move through terrible and difficult times." Edmund D. Fountain for NPR hide caption

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Katrina's Emotional Legacy Includes Pain, Grief And Resilience

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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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