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Carmel Wroth

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Carmel Wroth is a senior health editor for NPR's Science Desk, where she guides digital strategy for the health team and conceives and edits digital-first, enterprise stories and packages.

Formerly, she founded and managed Side Effects Public Media, a public radio collaborative covering public health in the Midwest. Wroth also served as an editor at Yoga Journal for five years.

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Tuesday

Walking, biking or even riding a scooter to get from place to place ups your non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT. Small movements can make a positive difference to your overall health. Laura Gao for NPR hide caption

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Tuesday

A doctor assesses a radio surgery treatment plan for a patient with lung cancer, using a 4D CAT scan. Lung cancer survival rates have increased lately. Ryan McFadden/MediaNews Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Lung cancer survival rates rise, but low screening rates leave many people at risk

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Wednesday

There's high demand for this fall's COVID shots, which offer protection against circulating variants of omicron. But there's been some distribution hiccups. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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This year's COVID vaccine rollout is off to a bumpy start, despite high demand

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Wanda Irving holds her granddaughter, Soleil, in front of a portrait of Soleil's mother, Shalon Irving, at her home in Sandy Springs, Ga., in 2017. Wanda is raising Soleil since Shalon died of complications due to hypertension a few weeks after giving birth. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Maternal deaths in the U.S. spiked in 2021, CDC reports

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as then-President Donald Trump answers questions in the press briefing room with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

Plan B is one brand of the emergency contraceptive levonorgestrel, which works by delaying ovulation. It is sold over the counter at pharmacies, but is often kept in locked boxes or is only accessible by asking a pharmacist. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

President Biden delivers his State of the Union address on March 1. Among other issues, Biden spoke about his administration's plans to address mental health care in the United States. Saul Loeb/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Here's what experts say Biden gets right in his new mental health plan

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Friday

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CDC says Americans can now go unmasked in many parts of the country

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Don't let omicron crash your holiday gathering. Here's how to keep your family safe

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Tuesday

A registered nurse stirs a nasal swab in testing solution after administering a COVID-19 test in Los Angeles, Calif. Increased testing could help in efforts to detect and track new variants like omicron. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for young children is a lower-dose formulation of the companies' adult vaccine. It was found to be safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing COVID-19. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty hide caption

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COVID-19 survivors gather in New York and place stickers representing lost relatives on a wall in remembrance of those who have died during the pandemic. Stefan Jeremiah/AP hide caption

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COVID deaths leave thousands of U.S. kids grieving parents or primary caregivers

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Friday

The U.S. is preparing for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, though exactly who needs one is not entirely clear. Emily Elconin/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

The pandemic appears to have peaked or be on the verge of peaking, with cases projected to slowly decline this fall and winter. As recently as Sept. 8, people were waiting at COVID-19 testing site in Kentucky, where over 4,000 new cases were confirmed that day. Jeffrey Dean/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Is The Worst Over? Models Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March

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Thursday

Federal health officials are planning ahead to give booster shots in the fall to all U.S. adults, starting with those who were vaccinated early on, like the elderly, health care workers and first responders. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday

Having a compromised immune system puts you at higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Studies show that the initial vaccine doses are less effective for people with weakened immune systems. A third shot can boost protection. Christiana Botic/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday

People enjoy an outdoor art exhibition in downtown Los Angeles in early July. Los Angeles County public health authorities are now urging unvaccinated and vaccinated people alike to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces because of the growing threat posed by the more contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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