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Suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, helps many people addicted to opioids wean themselves from an escalating drug habit. But counseling and social support are key to successful treatment, too, experts say. Craig F. Walker/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Too Busy? Make Time To 'Do Nothing'

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Early symptoms of COVID-19 are much the same as those of the flu or a cold. Don't panic. Call your doctor to check in, if you're worried, but treating mild or moderate symptoms at home until you're well will protect you and help stop the spread of whatever you have. Guido Mieth/Getty Images hide caption

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You Have A Fever And A Dry Cough. Now What?

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Supporters of LGBTQ rights took to the street in a demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last October. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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'Whiplash' Of LGBTQ Protections And Rights, From Obama To Trump

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Nashville teacher Riki Rattner uses expandable balls to help students visualize their breathing. William DeShazer/WLPN hide caption

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Schools Are Embracing Mindfulness, But Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect

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New inmates with a mental illness arrive daily in the Los Angeles County jail system. It now holds more than 5,000 inmates with a mental illness who've had run-ins with the law. Zoë van Dijk for NPR hide caption

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America's Mental Health Crisis Hidden Behind Bars

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Sarah Ziegenhorn and Andy Beeler shared a selfie while hiking in Texas' Big Bend National Park in December 2018. Beeler died of an opioid overdose last March. Ziegenhorn traces his death to the many obstacles to medical care that Beeler experienced while on parole. Sarah Ziegenhorn hide caption

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They Fell In Love Helping Drug Users. But Fear Kept Him From Helping Himself

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2 Big Teachers Unions Call For Rethinking Student Involvement In Lockdown Drills

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Will That Antidepressant Work For You? The Answer May Lie In Your Brain Waves

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Michael Pollan gave up caffeine entirely for three months while working on his audiobook, Caffeine. "I recommend it," he says of his time without the drug. "I had some great sleeps." But he didn't realize that a temporary "loss of confidence" and lack of focus were withdrawal symptoms. Abdulrhman Al Shidokhi/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine Cravings (And Why You Don't Have To Quit)

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A Widow, Not A Wife: 'Smacked' Explores An Ex-Husband's Secret Addiction

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What Is Postpartum Depression? Recognizing The Signs And Getting Help

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The number of pets on planes has become a hot-button issue of late as emotional support animals have become more common than ever. Shelly Yang/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Government May Tighten Restrictions On Service Animals On Planes

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How To Start Therapy

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Teri Hines says she had a bout of depression during the lead up to menopause in her mid-40s. For many women, the lead-up to menopause can trigger mood issues. Hannah Yoon for NPR hide caption

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As Menopause Nears, Be Aware It Can Trigger Depression And Anxiety, Too

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Kratom products are legal in most states and are widely available. But the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration worry that kratom carries the risk of physical and psychological dependency and, in some people, addiction. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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The Kratom Debate: Helpful Herb Or Dangerous Drug?

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Norm Ciha says he lost his bedding, clothes and the medicine he'd been prescribed to treat hepatitis C during a sweep of his camp outside an Ikea in Emeryville, Calif., in November 2018. Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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