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Researchers studied the gut microbes of runners from the Boston Marathon, isolating one strain of bacteria that may boost athletic performance. Nicolaus Czarnecki/Boston Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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During a training session, Dr. Kenneth Kim and a surgical resident practice a hysterectomy on a robotic simulator at UAB Hospital. Mary Scott Hodgin/WBHM 90.3 hide caption

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Doctors Learn The Nuts And Bolts Of Robotic Surgery

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A bowl of tsampa flour pictured with other dishes in a typical Tibetan lunch. Counterclockwise from left: potatoes in turmeric and cumin; liangfen; mung bean jelly and spring onions with cilantro, triple-fried in red chili pepper; and black tea. To make pa, the tsampa would be mixed with butter, tea, salt and sometimes Tibetan cheese. Courtesy of Tsering Shakya hide caption

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Chris Marshall has organized pop-up Sans Bars in New York, Washington, D.C., and Anchorage, Alaska. And he has expanded into permanent spaces in Kansas City, Mo., and western Massachusetts. Julia Robinson for NPR hide caption

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Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits

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Bianey Reyes (center) and others protest the separation of children from their parents in front of El Paso Processing Center, an immigration detention facility, at the Mexican border on June 19, 2018, in El Paso, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: The 'Filthy And Uncomfortable Circumstances' Of Detained Migrant Children

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Health workers treat a patient at the Ebola Treatment Center in the city of Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It's one of three locations where researchers have been conducting a clinical trial of four experimental treatments for the disease. John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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CRISPR technology already allows scientists to make very precise modifications to DNA, and it could revolutionize how doctors prevent and treat many diseases. But using it to create gene-edited babies is still widely considered unethical. Gregor Fischer/picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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A Russian Biologist Wants To Create More Gene-Edited Babies

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Bella and Will Doolittle started their podcast, the Alzheimer's Chronicles, after Bella was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's two years ago. Brian Mann/NPR hide caption

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Pulling Back The Curtain On Alzheimer's, Through Its Lighter And Darker Moments

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Gary Hairston, a coal miner for 27 years, spoke at the hearing. He has been diagnosed with Progressive Massive Fibrosis, the advanced stage of black lung disease. House Committee on Education and Labor hide caption

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THC, a key psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, is toxic to dogs, veterinarians warn. So keeping dogs away from discarded joints, edible marijuana or drug-tainted poop is important. Hillary Kladke/Getty Images hide caption

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Legal Weed Is A Danger To Dogs. Here's How To Know If Your Pup Got Into Pot

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Volunteers participate in a recent Healthy U leader training in Lander, Wyo. the program provides health skills training to people in rural areas. According to a recent poll, 26 percent of rural Americans said there has been a time in the past few years when they needed health care, but did not get it. Courtesy of Dominick Duhamel hide caption

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When There's No Doctor Nearby, Volunteers Help Rural Patients Manage Chronic Illness

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Patients operated on by surgeons who display rude or unprofessional behavior toward colleagues tend to have higher rates of post-surgical complications. FangXiaNuo/Getty Images hide caption

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Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida's prescription drug importation program into law last week at The Villages, a large retirement community outside Orlando. Florida Governor's Press Office hide caption

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Florida Wants To Import Medicine From Canada. But How Would That Work?

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A new Texas law aims to protect patients like Drew Calver, pictured here with his wife, Erin, and daughters, Eleanor (left) and Emory, in their Austin, Texas, home. After being treated for a heart attack in April 2017, Calver, a high school history teacher, got a surprise medical bill for $108,951. Callie Richmond for KHN hide caption

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Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills

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Hal Herzog, a professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, says the more we attribute humanlike qualities to animals, the more ethically problematic it may be to keep them as pets. Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Pets, Pests And Food: Our Complex, Contradictory Attitudes Toward Animals

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