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"If I smell something out here, it's bad, and I can tell you during Harvey, it smelled real bad," said Juan Flores in Galena Park, Texas, about a leak that caused strong gasoline odors to waft through town. Frank Bajak/AP hide caption

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Slow And Upbeat EPA Response To Hurricane Harvey Pollution Angers Residents

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Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

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A algae bloom in Lake Erie contaminated the water supply for Toledo, Ohio, in August 2014. About 400,000 people were without useable water. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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In her San Francisco home, NeDina Brocks-Capla has made a shrine filled with memories of son Kareem Jones, who died of sickle cell disease in 2013. Jenny Gold/KHN hide caption

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Sickle Cell Patients Endure Discrimination, Poor Care And Shortened Lives

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Shannan Wheeler says he suffered chemical injuries on his arms after a fire broke out at the Arkema chemical plant 3 miles from where he lives. He's now part of a lawsuit against the company. William Chambers for NPR hide caption

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After Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic Effects

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Dr. Eduardo Ibarra checks the blood pressure of Carmen Garcia Lavoy in the Toa Baja area of Puerto Rico. He's been making house calls in the area with nurse Erika Rodriguez. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Lingering Power Outage In Puerto Rico Strains Health Care System

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An overdose rescue kit handed out at an overdose prevention class this summer in New York City includes an injectable form of the drug naloxone. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Counting The Heavy Cost Of Care In The Age Of Opioids

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Poll: Most Americans Think Their Own Group Faces Discrimination

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Screening for Type 2 diabetes involves a blood test, and if results are concerning a second test is recommended. ERproductions Ltd/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

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The sky over Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday. Lesley McClurg/KQED hide caption

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This Week's Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

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Roughly 80 percent of all first strokes arise from risks that people can influence with behavioral changes, doctors say — risks like high blood pressure, smoking and drug abuse. Brenda Muller/Gallo Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Nicole and Ben Veum and baby Adrian, who was born after Nicole had to be evacuated from a hospital because of a fire that swept through Santa Rosa, Calif. April Dembosky/KQED hide caption

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Giving Birth Is Hard Enough — Now Try It In The Middle Of A Wildfire

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Carmen Algeria, a survivor of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, was admitted to Sunrise Hospital. She had been shot in the leg and on Oct. 2 was awaiting surgery. Marcus Yam/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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People line up to donate blood at a special United Blood Services drive at a University Medical Center facility to help victims of the mass shooting Sunday in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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