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Jeri Seidman and her daughter Hannah lounge at their home in Charlottesville, Va. Hannah is a patient in a genetic risk study about Type 1 diabetes. Carlos Bernate for NPR hide caption

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An Experimental Genetic Test Gives Early Warning For Kids At Risk Of Type 1 Diabetes

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How does nicotine in e-cigarettes affect young brains? Researchers are teasing out answers. Research on young mice and rats shows how nicotine hijacks brain systems involved in learning, memory, impulse control and addiction. Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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How Vaping Nicotine Can Affect A Teenage Brain

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An unexpected charge related to a biopsy threatened the financial security of Brianna Snitchler and her partner. Callie Richmond for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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A Biopsy Came With An Unexpected $2,170 'Cover Charge' For The Hospital

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Triathletes who trained too much chose immediate gratification over long-term rewards, researchers found. Markus Büsges/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Too Much Training Can Tax Athletes' Brains

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Surveys done since the 2016 election show that engaging with politics is stressing people out and harming their mental health and relationships. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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On the advice of a co-worker, Dehne joined a six-week program through which she learned how to safely walk to ease her pain. Now Dehne briskly walks for exercise and enjoyment multiple times a week. Her knees, she says, "don't hurt me anymore." Eamon Queeney for NPR hide caption

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Exercising To Ease Pain: Taking Brisk Walks Can Help

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Camille Harris performs choreographed dance moves with a fan at a soul line dancing social event in Washington, D.C. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Soul Line Dancing: Come For The Fitness. Stay For The Friendships

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Bridget Desmukes (center) and her husband, Jeffrey, love having a big, active family. "The kids are always climbing on things, flipping all the time — it's not dull," she says, laughing. Because Desmukes had developed preeclampsia in a previous pregnancy, her OB-GYN recommended low-dose aspirin at her first prenatal appointment this past spring. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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A Daily Baby Aspirin Could Help Many Pregnancies And Save Lives

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The measles virus is highly contagious. If someone with measles coughs or sneezes, the virus in those droplets can survive for two hours afterward — infecting about 90% of the people lacking immunity who pass through that space. Erik Witsoe/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Millennial And Gen-X Travelers: Need Another Measles Shot?

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has written a children's book called Just Ask! inspired by her desire to help kids embrace diversity. "If you don't know why someone's doing something, just ask them," she says. "Don't assume the worst in people." Rafael López/Philomel Books hide caption

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'Just Ask!' Says Sonia Sotomayor. She Knows What It's Like To Feel Different

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Even if optimism doesn't come naturally, it can be taught, researchers say. Therapists can help you practice reframing your expectations, to cultivate a sunnier outlook. Roy Scott/Ikon Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Optimists For The Win: Finding The Bright Side Might Help You Live Longer

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Researchers looked for genetic variants linked to sexual behavior in new genetic research that analyzed DNA from donated blood samples from nearly half a million middle-aged people from Britain who participated in a project called UK Biobank. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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Search For 'Gay Genes' Comes Up Short In Large New Study

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Marijuana use is risky for teens and pregnant women and can be habit-forming, says the U.S. surgeon general. Jane Khomi/Getty Images hide caption

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Surgeon General Sounds Alarm On Risk Of Marijuana Addiction And Harm

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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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