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Monday

During COVID, shortages of tests led to backlogs in getting tested. Experts worry that the U.S. hasn't learned from those mistakes and wouldn't be prepared for a major bird flu outbreak. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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Sung Ihm Son fell into a depression when her husband died. Making new friends and taking classes like dance and art at GenSpace in Los Angeles helped her feel happy again. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption

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GenSpace aims to re-set what it feels like to get old

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Saturday

Women runners at the start of the 2024 Boston Marathon. Women couldn't officially compete in this race until 1972. David L. Ryan/Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

Chemical companies and water utilities have sued the EPA after it issued rules limiting some PFAs, or "forever chemicals" that are linked to human health risks. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Dr. Stephanie Arnold, who prefers bright-colored clothes instead of a white coat, meets with a patient who needs a pelvic exam. The family medicine clinic Arnold founded offers reproductive health care, including abortion, alongside all kinds of other care. “It’s a little bit of everything, which is very typical of family medicine,” she says. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Abortion As Primary Care, I

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Thursday

In severe pain and uncertain of its cause, Tieqiao Zhang of Dallas says he didn’t want to wait for an appointment with his regular doctor, but he also wasn’t sure if he needed emergency care. He visited a clinic on the campus of Dallas’ largest public hospital — and was charged 10 times what he expected. Laura Buckman/KFF Health News hide caption

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Tuesday

A teen gets their body composition analyzed. Behavioral counseling is recommended for kids and teens with obesity. ELENA BESSONOVA/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Prevention task force recommends intensive counseling for kids with obesity

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Consumers are paying cash for preventive health testing with full body scans, which typically use MRI technology. Mindful Media/Getty Images/E+ hide caption

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Monday

Surveys show younger Americans doubt the safety of sunscreen. Misinformation on social media isn't helping. Anna Vishnyak/Getty Images hide caption

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Suncreen Misinformation Puts Younger Americans At Risk

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Saturday

Some people get obsessed with romance and fantasy novels. What's the science behind this kind of guilty pleasure? proxyminder/Getty Images/E+ hide caption

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pleasure

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Malcolm Reid at home in Decatur, Georgia, with his dog, Sampson. Reid, who recently marked his 66th birthday and the anniversary of his HIV diagnosis, is part of a growing group of people 50 and older living with the virus. Sam Whitehead/KFF Health News hide caption

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People with HIV are aging, and the challenges are piling up

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Friday

Exercise, nutritious diet and good sleep all support your metabolic health, which Dr. Casey Means argues is key to preventing chronic disease. pixdeluxe/Getty Images/E+ hide caption

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Thursday

Demonstrators hold an abortion-rights rally outside the Supreme Court on March 26 as the justices of the court heard oral arguments in Food and Drug Administration v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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PROVIDERS RESPOND TO MIFEPRISTONE RULING

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MDMA or ecstasy is under consideration for FDA approval for treating PTSD but it's future is uncertain. MirageC/Getty Images/Moment RF hide caption

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Will MDMA's setback derail psychedelics research?

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