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"I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven't been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. James Leynse/Corbis/Getty Images hide caption

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CDC Investigates Cases Of Rare Neurological 'Mystery Illness' In Kids

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Drug addiction is a big concern to rural Americans, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Alice Goldfarb/NPR hide caption

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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic

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Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania, has taken a strong stand on supervised injection sites. Andrew Harrer/Getty Images hide caption

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'Come And Arrest Me': Former Pa. Governor Defies Justice Department On Safe Injection

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As a counselor, Niasha Fray saw firsthand the obstacles black women face in breast cancer treatment. She's now program director of the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. Justin Cook for NPR hide caption

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Alex Schwartzman, a law student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., is one of only 8 to 39 percent of college students who get the flu shot in a given year. Mary Mathis/NPR hide caption

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Think You Don't Need A Flu Shot? Here Are 5 Reasons To Change Your Mind

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The contents of the naloxone kit inside an AED box located in the VA West Roxbury cafeteria. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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VA Adding Opioid Antidote To Defibrillator Cabinets For Quicker Overdose Response

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"If you do say, 'Yes, my child has seen a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist,' what does the school then do with that?" asks Laura Goodhue, who has a 9-year-old son on the autism spectrum and a 10-year-old son who has seen a psychologist. Andrea D'Aquino for NPR hide caption

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Parents Are Leery Of Schools Requiring 'Mental Health' Disclosures By Students

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Drinking water samples from homes in southwestern Puerto Rico are tested at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in San German. Rebecca Hersher/NPR hide caption

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Puerto Rico's Tap Water Often Goes Untested, Raising Fears About Lead Contamination

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Nearly 62 percent of respondents had at least one ACE and a quarter reported three or more. The remaining respondents had at least two ACEs, including 16 percent with four or more such experiences. Elva Etienne/Getty Images hide caption

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An unidentified 15-year-old student at a high school in Cambridge, Mass., vaped near campus in April. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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FDA Intensifies Crackdown On E-Cigarette Sales To Teenagers

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Mary Horman (left), a registered nurse for Clackamas County, and Liz Baca, a disease intervention specialist for the county, search for the right address in an Oregon neighborhood. Part of their job is to get information to people who may have a serious, treatable infection, yet not realize it. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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Discreetly Tracking Down Sex Partners To Stop A Surge In STDs

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Supervised injection sites, like Insite in Vancouver, Canada, provide drug users with clean needles and other supplies to help prevent the spread of disease. Elana Gordon for WHYY hide caption

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Students and administrators at the Icahn School of Medicine are working to fight racial disparities at their school, including: (from left) Masrai Williams, Michelle Sainté, Giselle Lynch, Dr. David Muller, Eziwoma Alibo, Michael Espino and Shashi Anand. Gabriela Bhaskar for NPR hide caption

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"I also learned that designated nursing spaces didn't exist until Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House in 2007. This story often repeats itself: multiple organizations have changed their breastfeeding policies in recent years, but only when women came into leadership roles." Ayumi Takahashi for NPR hide caption

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A thick layer of smoke from the Carr Fire settles over California's Central Valley in a view from a jet earlier this summer. Fine particulate matter from drifting wildfire smoke mixes with industrial ozone and can become trapped between the mountain ranges. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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A visitor to the Harvard School of Public Health's mock safe injection setup checks out the items on the demonstration table set up underneath a tent on the quad near the medical school in Boston on April 30, 2018. Jessica Rinaldi/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Department Promises Crackdown On Supervised Injection Facilities

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A tinted transmission electron micrograph of Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria (light purple/black) inside a cell. Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., with more than 1.7 million reported cases in 2017. Biomedical Imaging Unit, Southampton General Hospital/Science Source hide caption

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