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The new bivalent COVID-19 booster is offered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Health experts say getting more people boosted could help stave off a winter COVID surge. Sarah Reingewirtz/ MediaNews Group/ Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images hide caption

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Early signs a new U.S. COVID surge could be on its way

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Me and dad in 2019. Megan Tan hide caption

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I always avoided family duties. Then my dad had a fall and everything changed

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Hajime White (right) with her daughter Gwen and Gwen's daughter, Quen, at the family compound in Warren, Ark. Gwen had her first baby, a son, at 16, and, defying the odds for teen moms, went on to finish high school and earn a degree in pharmacy tech. "She never stopped because she had the support of me, her dad and her sisters," Hajime says. Sarah Varney/ KHN hide caption

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Light micrograph of human egg cells and sperm in a petri dish during in vitro fertilization. ZEPHYR/Science Source hide caption

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IVF Has Come A Long Way, But Many Don't Have Access

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Doctors walk in the Ebola isolation section of Mubende Regional Referral Hospital, in Mubende, Uganda, on Sept. 29. Ugandan health officials have declared an Ebola outbreak in several regions of the country. Hajarah Nalwadda/AP hide caption

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Farmers near Nairobi offload livestock manure that will be used to fertilize crops. Because of the war in Ukraine, where a lot of fertilizer is produced, the price of it has skyrocketed, and Kenyan farmers say they now cannot afford to buy it. Brian Inganga/AP hide caption

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Penelope Wingard of Charlotte, N.C., has survived breast cancer, a brain aneurysm and surgery on both eyes. For the past eight years, she's also been battling tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt. Aneri Pattani/ KHN hide caption

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Medical debt ruined her credit. 'It's like you're being punished for being sick'

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LSD blotter tabs sit on top of a US quarter coin. A drug based off of psychedelic LSD appears to relieve depression and anxiety in mice, but without the hallucinogenic side effects. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Carl Allamby recently completed all of his training and was hired as an attending physician at Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital. He's 51. Stephen Travarca/Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital hide caption

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People participate in one last ice bucket challenge during the last annual "Plunge 4 Pete" on what would have been Pete Frates 35th birthday on Dec. 28, 2019 in Gloucester, MA. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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A color-enhanced scan of an ectopic pregnancy, which develops outside the uterus — often inside a fallopian tube. Such pregnancies are never viable and, unless ended, can lead to rupture of the tube, severe bleeding and even death. James Cavallini/Science Source hide caption

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Part of a destroyed mobile home park is pictured in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach, Florida on September 30, 2022. GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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