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Researchers are trying to understand why black and Latino children are more likely to die of certain cancers. FS Productions/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Vacation days piling up? Even a short trip can boost well-being. Kristen Uroda for NPR hide caption

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Vacation Days Piling Up? Here's How To Get The Most Out Of A Short Vacation

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Nationwide Children's Hospital developed Career Gateway Homes, a combination low-income housing project and employment-training center. Courtesy Nationwide Children's Hospital hide caption

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Screening for lung cancer can catch tumors but it can also produce false positives. Patients need to decide whether it's right for them, but doctors often don't know how to advise them. FS Productions/Getty Images/Blend Images hide caption

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Texas officials are requiring that people who comment at Medicaid meetings on pharmaceuticals disclose more details about their ties to industry. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Vigil, an oil contractor from Douglas, Wyo., traveled 250 miles to Denver to have his aortic valve replaced in May. He said he would have preferred his local hospital do the procedure. Courtesy of Michael Vigil hide caption

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Victoria gave birth to her daughter Lili while in treatment for opioid dependency. Alex Smith/KCUR hide caption

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Babies Born Dependent On Opioids Need Touch, Not Tech

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Patient Aaron Reid receives (CAR) T-cell therapy at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. The process took five minutes to complete. Pearl Mak/NPR hide caption

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Scientists Race To Improve 'Living Drugs' To Fight Cancer

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Marlon Munoz still becomes emotional when he remembers having to tell his wife, Aibi Perez, that she had breast cancer, because no other interpreter was available to share the news. Ryan Collerd for Undark hide caption

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If you earn too much to get a subsidy to help defray the cost of health insurance, you might find a less expensive policy off an exchange. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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Vaginal pain and dryness are common symptoms of menopause. Recent research suggests certain types of laser treatment might help when hormones don't. Tim Pannell/Fuse/Getty Images hide caption

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Bea and Doug Duncan outside their home in Natick, Mass. The coaching they got from the Community Reinforcement and Family Training program, they say, gave them tools to help their son Jeff stick to his recovery from drug use. He's 28 now and has been sober for nine years. Robin Lubbbock/WBUR hide caption

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Changes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could affect how some hospitals operate. David Sacks/Getty Images hide caption

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Cashiers, cooks, delivery people, fast-food workers and their supporters rallied outside New York City Hall in 2017. Their influential union, the Service Employees International Union, also includes about half a million home health aides. Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images hide caption

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A study published Wednesday suggests men who wear briefs — tight-fitting underwear — have sperm counts that are, on average, 17 percent lower than men who wear boxers. Michael Cogliantry/Getty Images hide caption

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Inducing labor at 39 weeks may involve IV medications and continuous fetal monitoring. But if the pregnancy is otherwise uncomplicated, mother and baby can do just fine, the latest evidence suggests. Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pregnancy Debate Revisited: To Induce Labor, Or Not?

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Drug costs are the fastest growing part of state Medicaid budgets. asiseeit/Getty Images hide caption

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States Question Costs Of Middlemen That Manage Medicaid Drug Benefits

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Mother Daniele Santos holds her baby Juan Pedro, who has microcephaly, on May 30, 2016, in Recife, Brazil. Researchers are now learning that Zika's effects can appear up to a year after birth. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Babies Who Seem Fine At Birth May Have Zika-Related Problems Later, Study Finds

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