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Following the recent surge in cases including the new variant of Covid-19, the most recent lockdown in the United Kingdom advises all citizens to follow the message to stay at home, protect the hospital system and save lives. Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images hide caption

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What The Spread Of Coronavirus Variants Means For The U.S.

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Vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are seen this week at the Covenant Place facility in Sumter, S.C. Micah Green/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A Writer Lost His Singing Voice, Then Discovered The 'Gymnastics' Of Speech

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Until the 19th century, scientists did not understand the role of hand-washing in disease prevention. Thomas Lohnes/DDP/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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One of the eight gorillas in the troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California. Some of the gorillas contracted the coronavirus this month. One of the older gorillas received monoclonal antibody therapy as part of his treatment. Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Global hide caption

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Pharmaceutical company Merck says it is shelving its two COVID-19 vaccine candidates, saying that the results of clinical trials fell short of its goals. Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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According to a review published in 2018, nearly 75% of the drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the 21st century had no data associated with their use during pregnancy. Orbon Alija/Getty Images hide caption

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Maria Arechiga (center) helps move an intubated COVID-19 patient to a private room. The patient died later that day. Gabriella Angotti-Jones for NPR hide caption

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'Battlefield Medicine' In Los Angeles ICU As Biden Launches 'Wartime Effort'

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Activists in New York City show their support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which took effect on Friday. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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President Joe Biden is directing the U.S. to rejoin the international Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to cut global greenhouse gas emissions. Here, activists rally on Dec. 12, 2015. Francois Guillot/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Once the rules for implementing it are worked out, a bill signed into federal law in December will eliminate the required five-month waiting period for diagnosed ALS patients to begin disability benefits, enabling quicker Medicare coverage as well. LumiNola/Getty Images hide caption

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An illustration shows medical student Elizabeth Blackwell at Geneva Medical College (later Hobart College) in upstate New York, as she eyes a note dropped onto her arm by a male student, during a lecture in the college's operating room. Bettmann/Getty Images hide caption

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'Doctors Blackwell' Tells The Story Of 2 Pioneering Sisters Who Changed Medicine

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Baltimore is struggling to pay for the massive infrastructure and public health costs associated with global warming. As in many cities, flood risk has dramatically increased as the Earth has gotten hotter. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Supreme Court Considers Baltimore Suit Against Oil Companies Over Climate Change

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In this image provided by NASA, the core stage for the first flight of NASA's Space Launch System rocket is seen at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The four engines fired for a little more than one minute. NASA/Getty Images hide caption

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People lined up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Disneyland's parking lot in Anaheim, Calif. on Jan. 13. The state says all residents 65 or older are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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The Trump administration's decision to relax rules regarding the prescription of buprenorphine comes as record-level drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S. in the 12 months ending in June 2020. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Administration Will Let More Doctors Prescribe Drug To Fight Opioid Addiction

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