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President Trump talked about expanding health coverage options for small businesses in a Rose Garden gathering at the White House in June. Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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The measles virus is highly contagious. If someone with measles coughs or sneezes, the virus in those droplets can survive for two hours afterward — infecting about 90% of the people lacking immunity who pass through that space. Erik Witsoe/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Millennial And Gen-X Travelers: Need Another Measles Shot?

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Even if optimism doesn't come naturally, it can be taught, researchers say. Therapists can help you practice reframing your expectations, to cultivate a sunnier outlook. Roy Scott/Ikon Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Optimists For The Win: Finding The Bright Side Might Help You Live Longer

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Many seniors take multiple drugs, which can lead to side effects like confusion, lightheadedness and difficulty sleeping. Doctors who specialize in the care of the elderly often recommend carefully reducing the medication load. Juanmonino/Getty Images hide caption

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If a doctor is found to be ordering too many MRI or CT scans or other imaging tests for Medicare patients, a federal law is supposed to require the physician to get federal approval for all diagnostic imaging. But the Trump administration has stalled the law's implementation. laflor/Getty Images hide caption

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Coplan and Vierkandt catch up outside the Kids Plus office. Vierkandt calls Coplan her second mother. They have remained in touch over the years. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Bringing Together Young And Old To Ease The Isolation Of Rural Life

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Plump red blood cells — tumbling amid infection-fighting white blood cells and purple platelets in this colorized, microscopic view — need adequate levels of iron to be able to carry and deliver oxygen around the body. Iron-deficiency anemia is sometimes remedied with IV iron infusions — and the bill can vary by thousands of dollars. Science Source hide caption

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Psychologist Dr. Julie Rickard at American Behavioral Health Systems (ABHS) Parkside in Wenatchee, Wash., on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Dr. Rickard, the Program Director at ABHS Parkside, founded a regional suicide prevention coalition in 2012 and is launching one of the nation's few pilot projects to train staff and engage fellow residents to address suicides in long-term care. Jovelle Tamayo for NPR hide caption

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Isolated And Struggling, Many Seniors Are Turning To Suicide

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The same steep growth and use of big data that attracted venture capital cash to companies that administer Medicare Advantage plans have led to scrutiny of the companies by government officials. Federal audits estimate such plans nationwide have overcharged taxpayers nearly $10 billion annually. 123light/Getty Images hide caption

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A federally funded study is testing aerobic exercise as a way to prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease. Stewart Cohen/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Aerobic Exercise The Right Prescription For Staving Off Alzheimer's?

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In a May 19, 2015 file photo, R. Scott Turner, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Memory Disorder Center at Georgetown University Hospital, points to PET scan results that are part of a study on Alzheimer's disease at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Researchers Explore Why Women's Alzheimer's Risk Is Higher Than Men's

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Medicare Advantage plans, administered by private insurance companies under contract with Medicare, treat more than 22 million seniors — more than 1 in 3 people on Medicare. Roy Scott/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Simple Ways To Prevent Falls In Older Adults

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Researchers are hoping to learn how to effectively convey information about people's risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, a dementia still without a cure. Thanasis Zovoilis/Getty Images hide caption

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A Genetic Test That Reveals Alzheimer's Risk Can Be Cathartic Or Distressing

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From 2012 through 2016, federal health inspectors cited 87% of U.S. hospices for deficiencies. And 20% had lapses serious enough to endanger patients, according to two new reports from the HHS Inspector General's Office. sturti/Getty Images hide caption

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HHS Inspector General Finds Serious Flaws In 20% Of U.S. Hospice Programs

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The squiggly blue lines visible in the neurons are an Alzheimer's biomarker called tau. The brownish clumps are amyloid plaques. Courtesy of the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health hide caption

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New Markers For Alzheimer's Disease Could Aid Diagnosis And Speed Up Drug Development

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Geriatrics is a specialty that should adapt and change with each patient, says physician and author Louise Aronson. "I need to be a different sort of doctor for people at different ages and phases of old age." Robert Lang Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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A Clearer Map For Aging: 'Elderhood' Shows How Geriatricians Help Seniors Thrive

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Rural Health: Financial Insecurity Plagues Many Who Live With Disability

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