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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration headquarters in White Oak, Md. The agency this week has removed a top communications official in the wake of misleading claims it made about a treatment for COVID-19. Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump has previously suggested that a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin may help in the fight against the virus — but the Food and Drug Administration has strongly warned against taking hydroxychloroquine without medical monitoring. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A motorist gets a drive-through coronavirus test Thursday in Daly City, Calif. The U.S. has surpassed China to have the world's largest number of coronavirus cases. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump turns away from Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, as she says she had a low-grade fever over the weekend and was tested for coronavirus. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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U.S. health officials are again urging people to stop vaping until experts figure out why some are coming down with serious respiratory illnesses. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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More testing for HIV infection is one of the steps needed to halt the spread of the virus. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Halting U.S. HIV Epidemic By 2030: Difficult But Doable

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Join us for a webcast on life and health in rural America. From The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Courtesy of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hide caption

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"I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven't been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. James Leynse/Corbis/Getty Images hide caption

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CDC Investigates Cases Of Rare Neurological 'Mystery Illness' In Kids

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Drug addiction is a big concern to rural Americans, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Alice Goldfarb/NPR hide caption

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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic

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Dr. James P. Allison, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, poses for a photo in New York in 2015. Allison and Tasuku Honjo have jointly been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Scientists Who Sparked Revolution In Cancer Treatment Share Nobel Prize In Medicine

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