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Jeannine sorts through a binder of writing assignments from her therapy. In keeping a journal about her past experiences with pain, she noticed that the pain symptoms began when she was around 8 — a time of escalating family trauma at home. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Can You Reshape Your Brain's Response To Pain?

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Thor Ringler (right) interviewed Ray Miller (left) in Miller's hospital room at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wis., in April. Miller's daughter Barbara (center) brought in photos and a press clipping from Miller's time in the National Guard to help facilitate the conversation. Bram Sable-Smith for NPR hide caption

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Storytelling Helps Hospital Staff Discover The Person Within The Patient

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Talking about sex and consent can be awkward, but it's important — learning to do it better can help make sure that everyone is on the same page and also that you have the kind of sex that you want to have, whether that involves handcuffs or not. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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How To Talk About Sex (And Consent): 4 Lessons From The Kink Community

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New research shows that daily light walking is important for maintaining health as you age. But if you can't hit 10,000 steps, don't worry. Peter Muller/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

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10,000 Steps A Day? How Many You Really Need To Boost Longevity

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Chronic stress at work can lead to burnout, a syndrome defined by the World Health Organization as including depleted energy, exhaustion, negativity, cynicism and reduced productivity. baona/Getty Images hide caption

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WHO Redefines Burnout As A 'Syndrome' Linked To Chronic Stress At Work

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Charges for nitrous oxide during labor and delivery haven't been standardized. Courtesy of Kara Jo Prestrud, Birth Made Beautiful hide caption

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Bill Of The Month: $4,836 Charge For Laughing Gas During Childbirth Is No Joke

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Reporter Jenny Gold and her husband, Alex Gourse, with their newborn son at Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago two days after his birth. Courtesy of Bella Baby Photography hide caption

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I Went Through My Pregnancy With Strangers. It Was The Best Decision I Could've Made

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Infants' Tylenol comes with a dosing syringe, while Children's Tylenol has a plastic cup. Both contain the same concentration of the active ingredient, acetaminophen. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Tylenol For Infants And Children Is The Same. Why Does 1 Cost 3 Times More?

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Having a purpose in life, whether building guitars or swimming or volunteer work, affects your health, researchers found. It even appeared to be more important for decreasing risk of death than exercising regularly. Dean Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion

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We Gossip About 52 Minutes A Day. That May Not Be As Toxic As It Sounds

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Copperhead snakes are one of the four kinds of venomous snakes in the United States. kristianbell/RooM RF/Getty Images hide caption

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How You (And Your Dog) Can Avoid Snake Bites — And What To Do If You Get Bitten

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Lubrication And Lots Of Communication: Navigating A New Sexual Life After Menopause

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From Gloom To Gratitude: 8 Skills To Cultivate Joy

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Oakley Yoder walks with her parents, Josh Perry and Shelli Yoder, outside their home in Bloomington, Ind. Chris Bergin for KHN hide caption

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Summer Bummer: A Young Camper's $142,938 Snakebite

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The newer 3D mammograms provide a more detailed picture of the breast tissue, leading to more precise detection of abnormalities. andresr/Getty Images hide caption

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When It's Time For A Mammogram, Should You Ask For 3D?

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Palliative care is a growing specialty that provides comfort care and that teaches patients and doctors how to talk about patients' goals for life with serious disease — and how to prepare for a good ending. Sturti/Getty Images hide caption

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How do you tell the good parenting advice from the bad? When producer Selena Simmons-Duffin's daughter was ready to start solid food, her parents encountered wildly conflicting advice about what to feed her. Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR hide caption

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Drowning In Parenting Advice? Here's Some Advice For That

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Parts of the Cape Fear River near Fayetteville, N.C., are contaminated with a PFAS compound called GenX. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is surveying residents in the area about their health. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Dig Into Hard Questions About The Fluorinated Pollutants Known As PFAS

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