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A College Student Is Coming Home. Should The Whole Family Wear Masks?

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Butyric acid gives some cheeses their distinctively strong scent. Alexander Spatari/Getty Images hide caption

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From Stinky Cheese To Cat Pee, Author Takes A 'Nose Dive' Into The Science Of Smell

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Researchers have observed that the friendliest male bonobos, like this male resident of Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tend to be the most successful. Early humans may have had the same experience with their peers. Ley Uwera for NPR hide caption

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Learning to ride a bike can lead to memorable tumbles. It's the brain's "time cells," scientists now say, that help organize and seal those experiences in our minds. Peter Cade/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Some Memories Seem Like Movies: 'Time Cells' Discovered In Human Brains

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The uncertainty is getting to us: A majority of Americans report that the election is stressing them out. VIEW press/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Election Stress Getting To You? 4 Ways To Keep Calm

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Patient groups on social media are fighting COVID-19 misinformation. Jub Rubjob/Getty Images hide caption

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When False Information Goes Viral, COVID-19 Patient Groups Fight Back

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Brain cells that monitor liquid, mineral and salt levels in the body influence what types of drinks we crave when thirsty. Krisanapong Detraphiphat/Getty Images hide caption

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Water Or A Sports Drink? These Brain Cells May Decide Which One We Crave

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Amid the pandemic, Americans are experiencing sleeplessness, headaches, stomach upset and more symptoms of chronic stress. Robin Utrecht/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Is that sneezing or coughing fit a sign of allergies, a cold, the flu or COVID-19? If you also have a fever — a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher — those symptoms probably signal infection and not just allergies acting up. (Wait 30 minutes after eating or drinking to get an accurate measurement.) sestovic/Getty Images hide caption

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In her new book, Modern Madness: An Owner's Manual, Terri Cheney, who lives with bipolar disorder, shares advice for dealing with anxiety and depression and helping loved ones through a crisis. Neha Gupta/Getty Images hide caption

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Los Angeles County last fall unveiled one of its 10 Department of Mental Health vans aimed at, among other things, reducing long waiting periods for the transport of individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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California Poised To Strengthen Mental Health Insurance Laws

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'Disease tolerance' is the ability of an individual, due to a genetic predisposition or some aspect of behavior or lifestyle, to thrive despite being infected with an amount of pathogen that sickens others. It might play a role in asymptomatic coronavirus infections. Alexander Spatari/Getty Images hide caption

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"Before the appendectomy, I was looking for property and homes to purchase, and that is pretty much completely off the table right now," says Shannon Harness, a veteran who was uninsured when he had two appendicitis-related surgeries in 2019. The bills amounted to $80,232. Rachel Woolf for KHN hide caption

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Veteran's Appendectomy Launches Excruciating, Months-Long Battle Over Bill

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Going to stay with family means exposing more than one household. Can testing in advance keep everyone safe? Noel Hendrickson/Getty Images hide caption

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A high number of LGBTQ teens and youth struggle with mental health issues, according to a new survey by The Trevor Project. Richard Drury/Getty Images hide caption

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Thoughts Of Suicide, Other Mental Health Struggles Still High For LGBTQ Youth

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