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David Taylor, who has muscular dystrophy, relies on a ventilator to live. During the power outages across Texas in February, he had to be transported to a hospital before his ventilator's backup battery ran out. Rodger Mallison/Undark Magazine hide caption

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After the CDC shifted this week to less restrictive mask guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, some leaders in the public health world felt blindsided. While some people rejoiced, others say they feel the change has come too soon. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Gaylord High School principal Chris Hodges measures the space between seats in a yearbook class. A student in the class tested positive for covid, and Hodges is working with the local health department to trace people who might have been exposed to her at school. Brett Dahlberg/WCMU hide caption

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A Principal And His Tape Measure: Schools Are Helping Do COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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Painful Endometriosis Could Hold Clues To Tissue Regeneration, Scientist Says

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Many of the changes in health care that happened during the pandemic are likely here to stay, such as conferring with doctors online more frequently about medication and other treatments. d3sign/Getty Images hide caption

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A man who is paralyzed was able to type with 95% accuracy by imagining that he was handwriting letters on a sheet of paper, a team reported in the journal Nature. Science Photo Library/Pasieka/Getty Images hide caption

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Man Who Is Paralyzed Communicates By Imagining Handwriting

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Anti-vaccine advocates are using the COVID-19 pandemic to promote books, supplementals and services. Emilija Manevska/Getty Images hide caption

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For Some Anti-Vaccine Advocates, Misinformation Is Part Of A Business

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John Calhoun of Flathead County has diabetes and was convinced by an old friend to get vaccinated, through he suspects the coronavirus isn't as dangerous as health officials say it is. He's hoping vaccination will ease divisions over masking. Katheryn Houghton/KHN hide caption

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This 16-year-old got a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 shot late last month at the UCI Health Family Health Center in Anaheim, Calif. Students as young as 12 are now eligible to get the vaccine, too, the FDA says. Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images hide caption

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Carlene Knight, 54, is one of the first patients in a landmark study designed to try to restore vision in those who have a rare genetic disease that causes blindness. Josh Andersen/Oregon Health & Science University hide caption

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Blind Patients Hope Landmark Gene-Editing Experiment Will Restore Their Vision

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Scientists once compared the abilities of humans versus canines in tracking a trail of chocolate essential oil laid down in an open field. Though the humans weren't nearly as proficient as the dogs, they did get better with practice. Vladimir Godnik/Getty Images/fStop hide caption

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Even after full vaccination against COVID-19, people who have had organ transplants are urged by their doctors to keep wearing masks and taking extra precautions. Research shows the strong drugs they must take to prevent organ rejection can significantly blunt their body's response to the vaccine. DigiPub/Getty Images hide caption

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Vaccination Against COVID 'Does Not Mean Immunity' For People With Organ Transplants

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Feelings of exhaustion, irritability and mental fogginess are our bodies' normal response to an abnormal year of pandemic life. Wenjin Chen/Getty Images hide caption

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If Your Brain Feels Foggy And You're Tired All The Time, You're Not Alone

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Mixing different kinds of COVID-19 vaccines might help boost immune responses, but the idea has been slow to catch on. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Giving 2 Doses Of Different COVID-19 Vaccines Could Boost Immune Response

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Suzanne Simard is a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia. Her own medical journey inspired her research into, among other things, the way yew trees communicate chemically with neighboring trees for their mutual defense. Brendan George Ko/Penguin Random House hide caption

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Trees Talk To Each Other. 'Mother Tree' Ecologist Hears Lessons For People, Too

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Sumaya Muhamed and her mother, Suad Abdulla, tout the latter's second vaccine dose at the Salahadeen Center in Nashville, Tenn. After weeks of affectionate cajoling and patient explanation, Muhamed convinced her mother to get the shot. Blake Farmer/WPLN hide caption

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Nicole Lynn Lewis is the author of Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Former 'Pregnant Girl' Builds Support To Help Other Teen Moms

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Elvis Presley got his polio vaccination from Dr. Harold Fuerst and Dr. Leona Baumgartner at CBS' Studio 50 in New York City on Oct. 28, 1956. The chart-topping singer took part in a March of Dimes campaign to convince teens to get vaccinated. Seymour Wally/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images hide caption

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The Shout at Cancer choir, pictured above in 2018, is featured in Bill Brummel's new documentary, Can You Hear My Voice? Bill Brummel Productions hide caption

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In The 'Shout At Cancer Choir,' No Voice Boxes Needed To Sing Out

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Artist William Stoehr says he wants his portraits to show that addiction affects everyone, and to prompt the sort of conversations that people began having about HIV/AIDS decades ago. William Stoehr hide caption

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An Artist And A Scientist Take On The Stigma Of Addiction

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