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Sandra King Young runs Medicaid in American Samoa, a U.S. territory that faces dramatic funding cuts to islanders' health care unless Congress acts. "This is the United States' shame in the islands," she says. Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR hide caption

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America's 'Shame': Medicaid Funding Slashed In U.S. Territories

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Daniela Ligiero is CEO of Together for Girls, an organization that works to prevent violence against children. She was sexually abused as a child but kept silent until a made-for-TV movie gave her the courage to speak out. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Fleas transmit plague — but the pneumonic plague, the type reported from China this week, can spread from person to person as well. Oxford Science Archive/Print Collector/Getty Images hide caption

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Girls carry containers of water filled from the local communal tap Zimbabwe, which is in the grip of a nationwide drought that has been linked to climate change. Cynthia R. Matonhodze/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Climate Change Poses A Particular Threat To Child Health

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Fish broker Khout Phany, 39, (under umbrella) sits while fishermen bring their catch to be weighed in Chhnok Tru, a fishing village at the southern tip of the Tonle Sap lake where it meets the river. Michael Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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People cover their faces with masks to avoid thick smog in New Delhi on Nov. 5. People living there have complained about respiratory problems. Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times/Getty Images hide caption

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Indonesians independently carry out fumigation in their neighborhood to eradicate the larvae of mosquitoes that cause dengue fever. A new vaccine to prevent dengue may be on the horizon. Aditya Irawan/NurPhoto/Getty Images hide caption

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There May Be A New Tool In The Battle Against Dengue

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