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Kristin Sollars (left) and Marci Ebberts say nursing is more than just a job. "Sometimes I wonder why everyone in the world doesn't want to be a nurse," Sollars says. Emilyn Sosa for StoryCorps hide caption

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For 2 Nurses, Working In The ICU Is 'A Gift Of A Job'

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Before scheduling his hernia surgery, Wolfgang Balzer called the hospital, the surgeon and the anesthesiologist to get estimates for how much the procedure would cost. But when his bill came, the estimates he had obtained were wildly off. John Woike for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Bill Of The Month: Estimate For Cost Of Hernia Surgery Misses The Mark

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Purdue Pharma Considers Converting To A Public Trust Amid Lawsuits Over Opioid Crisis

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State's attorney Brad Beckworth lays out one of his closing arguments in Oklahoma's case against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson at the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Okla. in July. The judge in the case ruled Monday that J&J must pay $572 million to the state. Chris Landsberger/AP hide caption

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Oklahoma Wanted $17 Billion To Fight Its Opioid Crisis: What's The Real Cost?

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All the portraits hanging on the wall inside the Louis Bornstein Family Amphitheater at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on June 12, 2018 were of men, nearly all white. The portraits have since been removed. Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Academic Science Rethinks All-Too-White 'Dude Walls' Of Honor

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Opinion: We Are Risking Health And Life

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A man cools off in a fountain in New York's Washington Square Park this summer. Death from all causes doubled during a heat wave in New York City in August 1975, with heart attacks and strokes accounting for a majority of the excess deaths. Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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In rugged, rural areas, patients often have little choice about how they'll get to the hospital in an emergency. "The presence of private equity in the air ambulance industry indicates that investors see profit opportunities," a 2017 report from the federal Government Accountability Office notes. pidjoe/Getty Images hide caption

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, before graduating to heroin, which is cheaper. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Tales Of Corporate Painkiller Pushing: 'The Death Rates Just Soared'

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According to the latest NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll exercise, including stretching and yoga, is popular among younger people as a way to relieve pain. Daniel Grill/Getty Images/Tetra images RF hide caption

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The Downside Of Planned Parenthood Leaving The Federal Title X Program

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Planned Parenthood May Reject Federal Funds Over Changes To Title X

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News Brief: Afghan Bombing, Deadly Force, Title X Changes

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