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Doctor Outlines Plan To Battle Antibiotic Resistance In 'The Washington Post'

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You may share everything with your parents, but health care providers might not be so open. Robert Lang Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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Study Suggests Cutting Some Vaccine Boosters For Rare Diseases

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Tracy Solomon Clark didn't realize that the shortness of breath and dizziness she felt at age 44 was actually serious heart disease. Benjamin Brian Morris for NPR hide caption

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Hidden Heart Disease Is The Top Health Threat For U.S. Women

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A chalkboard "bucket list" stirred imaginations and got people talking at an Indianapolis festival designed to help make conversations about death easier. Jake Harper/WFYI hide caption

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Death Talk Is Cool At This Festival

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Ship That Breast Milk For You? Companies Add Parent-Friendly Perks

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A subsidiary of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Virginia won't offer an insurance plan on the lowest tier of the marketplace next year. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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GOP Congressman Defends House Zika Funding Package

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Doctors Discover First U.S. Case Of Bacteria Resistant To Last Resort Antibiotics

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'High Highs And Deep Lows': 5 Days With Doctors Without Borders In South Sudan

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Maureen LoCascio, with the mosquito control team in Hudson County, N.J., uses a backpack sprayer to spread insecticide against mosquito larvae. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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To Kill Mosquitoes That Spread Zika, Strike Before They Fly

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Pharmacists in California will have to give women a short health consultation before providing contraceptives without a prescription. Media for Medical/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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A startup called Opternative offers online vision tests using a computer and a smartphone. Coutesy of Opternative hide caption

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Online Eye Exam Site Makes Waves In Eye Care Industry

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There will be about 55 percent more people with diabetes as baby boomers become senior citizens, a report finds. Rolf Bruderer/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

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WHO Plans To Reshape Itself To Better Handle International Outbreaks

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