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Luci Baines Johnson Receives Honorary Nursing Degree From Georgetown University

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Proposed Abortion Restrictions Would Hit Young Patients Hardest

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The History Of Title X Throughout U.S. History

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Health Care Providers Say Title X Change Would Restrict Access To Family Planning Services

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WHO Says Progress Is Being Made Against The Ebola Outbreak, But Remains A Threat

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In a statement from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America on the rule, the group said it would not "stand by while our basic health rights are stripped away." Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Clinics That Refer Women For Abortions Would Not Get Federal Funds Under New Rule

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HHS Secretary Clarifies Trump Administration's Plan To Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

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Why The U.S. Birth Rate Is At Its Lowest In 30 Years

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From left to right: Felito Diaz, Julio Cesar Santiago, Richard Lopez and Irma Bermudez meet at Casa Esperanza, a treatment and transitional housing program in Roxbury, Mass. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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What Explains The Rising Overdose Rate Among Latinos?

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Dan Diaz holds a photo of his late wife, Brittany Maynard, taken on their wedding day, during a rally calling for California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign right-to-die legislation at the Capitol in Sacramento in 2015. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar talked Friday about the administration's plans to lower drug prices as President Trump looked on in the White House Rose Garden. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Eleven days after surgery on her shoulder and foot, Sherry Young of Lawton, Okla., got a letter from her insurance plan saying that it hadn't approved her hospital stay. The letter "put me in a panic," says Young. The $115,000-plus bill for the hospital stay was about how much Young's home is worth, and five times her annual income. Nick Oxford for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 For 4 Tiny Screws

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Winston and Pansy Greene at their home in Valencia. Calif. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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Taking The 'Journey' Through Alzheimer's Together

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In a speech Friday, President Trump announced a plan that lists dozens of "potential" steps his team may take to lower drug prices, along with many others that were included in his budget proposal and will require congressional action. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Drug Pricing 'Blueprint' Could Take Years To Build

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Dr. Paul Marik (left) discusses patient care with medical students and resident physicians during morning rounds at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in 2014 in Norfolk, Va. Jay Westcott for The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Can A Cocktail Of Vitamins And Steroids Cure A Major Killer In Hospitals?

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Alicia Nichols holds her daughter Diana in her home in February. After the birth of Diana, Nichols suffered unusual postpartum blood loss that she feels was not taken seriously by her doctor. Kayana Szymczak for NPR hide caption

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For Every Woman Who Dies In Childbirth In The U.S., 70 More Come Close

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