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A large study published in late October found that weekly injections of Makena during the latter months of pregnancy "did not decrease recurrent preterm births." Jill Lehmann Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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Controversy Kicks Up Over A Drug Meant To Prevent Premature Birth

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Diagnostic Gaps: Skin Comes In Many Shades And So Do Rashes

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To sleep better, exercise daily and limit caffeine and alcohol. Olivia Sun/NPR hide caption

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Body Clock Blues? Time Change Is Tough. Here's How To Sleep Well Tonight

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Psychologist Ken Carter studies why some people seek out haunted houses and other thrills — even though he's not one of them. Kay Hinton/Emory University hide caption

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The Science Of Scary: Why It's So Fun To Be Freaked Out

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Arline Feilen (left) and her sister, Kathy McCoy, at their mother's home in the Chicago suburbs. The biggest chunk of Feilen's bill was $16,480 for four nights in a room shared with another patient. McCoy joked that it would have been cheaper to stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Alyssa Schukar for KHN hide caption

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A Woman's Grief Led To A Mental Health Crisis And A $21,634 Hospital Bill

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Scientists caution that using marijuana during pregnancy could be risky, but some women with severe nausea and lack of appetite during pregnancy are trying it. Niklas Skur/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Some Pregnant Women Use Weed For Morning Sickness But FDA Cautions Against It

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More Americans have been getting less than seven hours of sleep a night in the past several years, especially in professions such as health care. ER Productions Limited/Getty Images hide caption

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Working Americans Are Getting Less Sleep, Especially Those Who Save Our Lives

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If you get to look at dogs and hug them every day, you just might live longer than people who don't have to clean animal hair off their clothes, according to a pair of studies out this month. R A Kearton/Getty Images hide caption

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A PET scan shows metabolism of sugar in the human brain. Science Source hide caption

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Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk

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Though complications from the flu can be deadly for people who are especially vulnerable, including pregnant women and their newborns, typically only about half of pregnant women get the needed vaccination, U.S. statistics show. BSIP/Getty Images hide caption

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Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

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Some People Get 'Brain Tingles' From These Slime Videos. What's Behind The Feeling?

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The University of Iowa is working to include teens on the autism spectrum in its programs for gifted students. Jeremy Leung for NPR hide caption

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Gifted Teens With Autism Connect With Like-Minded Kids At Math And Science Camp

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U.S. teens' use of e-cigarettes has doubled since 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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High School Vape Culture Can Be Almost As Hard To Shake As Addiction, Teens Say

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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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