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One rule announced by the Trump administration Friday puts pressure on hospitals to reveal what they charge insurers for procedures and services. Critics say the penalty for not following the rule isn't stiff enough to be a an effective deterrent. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Trump Wants Insurers and Hospitals To Show Real Prices To Patients

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Fleas transmit plague — but the pneumonic plague, the type reported from China this week, can spread from person to person as well. Oxford Science Archive/Print Collector/Getty Images hide caption

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Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden (left), Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (right) debate different ways to expand health coverage in America. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Justin Ruben of ParentsTogether speaks on Thursday at a press conference organized to deliver 1.5 million petitions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The petitions are protesting proposed changes to the food stamps program that would also affect the free school lunch program. Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Parents Together hide caption

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Getting a handle on evolving vape culture means exploring the complex realm of subspecialists: "cloud chasers," "coil builders" and other people who identify as vape modders. Kiszon Pascal/Getty Images hide caption

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Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are examining how states regulate abortion clinics. From right are Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc via Getty Images hide caption

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Molecular Scissors Could Help Keep Some Viral Illnesses At Bay

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"The profession we love has been taken over," psychiatrist and novelist Samuel Shem tells NPR, "with us sitting there in front of screens all day, doing data entry in a computer factory." Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria — rod-shaped bacteria in this tinted, scanning electron microscope image — are found in soil, water and as normal flora in the human intestine. But they can cause serious wound, lung, skin and urinary tract infections, and many pseudomonas strains are drug-resistant. Science Photo Library/Science Source hide caption

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How Best To Use The Few New Drugs To Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Germs?

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To deal with chronic pain, Pamela Bobb's morning routine now includes stretching and meditation at home in Fairfield Glade, Tenn. Bobb says this mind-body awareness intervention has greatly reduced the amount of painkiller she needs. Jessica Tezak for NPR hide caption

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Meditation Reduced The Opioid Dose She Needs To Ease Chronic Pain By 75%

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Authorities perform an active shooter drill at Park High School on April 27, 2018 in Livingston, Mont. Some experts question the methods of active shooter drills. William Campbell/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students

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Maryland now offers the country's first master's degree in the study of the science and therapeutics of cannabis. Pictured, an employee places a bud into a bottle for a customer at a weed dispensary in Denver, Colo. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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You Can Get A Master's In Medical Cannabis In Maryland

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Fish broker Khout Phany, 39, (under umbrella) sits while fishermen bring their catch to be weighed in Chhnok Tru, a fishing village at the southern tip of the Tonle Sap lake where it meets the river. Michael Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Mourners hold candles as they gather for a vigil at a memorial outside Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Luke E. Montavon/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said Friday that fluid extracted from the lungs of 29 injured patients who vaped all contained the chemical compound vitamin E acetate. Hans Pennink/AP hide caption

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