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The author's 8-year-old daughter Rosy has a 'kids' license,' showing she has her parents' permission to ride her bike around her Texas hometown. Michaeleen Doucleff hide caption

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Denise Lee on her last day of chemo. In addition to chemo and surgery, she was treated with immunotherapy. She's currently in remission. Denise Lee hide caption

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After 40 years of smoking, she survived lung cancer thanks to new treatments

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Following a new EPA rule, public water systems will have five years to address instances where there is too much PFAS in tap water – three years to sample their systems and establish the existing levels of PFAS, and an additional two years to install water treatment technologies if their levels are too high. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The anti-diet movement urges people to reject restrictive diets and embrace self love and acceptance around weight. An investigation by The Washington Post and Examination found that large food companies were recruiting anti-diet influencers to promote sugary cereals and processed food. Olha Khorimarko/Getty Images hide caption

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Anti-Diet Culture Gets Hijacked

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EPA is limiting PFAS chemicals in drinking water in the U.S. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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EPA puts limits on 'forever chemicals' in drinking water

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After the Arizona Supreme Court allowed for near-total abortion ban, a group of abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Arizona state Capitol in Phoenix on April 9, 2024. Katherine Davis-Young/KJZZ hide caption

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Blended families are common. Here are tips to help stepsiblings get along

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Want to stop needle phobia in adults? Make shots less painful for kids

According to the CDC, about one in four adults has a fear of needles. Many of those people say the phobia started when they were kids. For some people, the fear of needles is strong enough that they avoid getting important treatments, vaccines or tests. That poses a serious problem for public health. Researchers have helped develop a five step plan to help prevent what they call "needless pain" for kids getting injections or their blood drawn. Guest host Tom Dreisbach talks with Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, who works with a team to implement the plan at his own hospital. Friedrichsdorf told us some of the most important research on eliminating pain has come from researchers in Canada. Learn more about their work here.

Want to stop needle phobia in adults? Make shots less painful for kids

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About two months after undergoing open-heart surgery, Sara England's infant son, Amari Vaca, was sick and struggling to breathe. Staff members at a local medical center in Salinas, California, arranged for him to be transferred to a different hospital via air ambulance. Kevin Painchaud/Kevin Painchaud hide caption

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A mom's $97,000 question: How was an air-ambulance ride not medically necessary?

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Surgeons perform the first transplant of a genetically modified pig kidney into a living human at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Michelle Rose/Massachusetts General Hospital hide caption

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First human transplant of a genetically modified pig kidney performed

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The U.S. ranks higher in the world happiness report when it comes to people aged 60 and older. Thomas Barwick/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. drops in new global happiness ranking. One age group bucks the trend

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Ultra-processed foods contain substances you wouldn't find in your own kitchen, like high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavor and color enhancers, anti-caking agents and emulsifiers. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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From anxiety to cancer, the evidence against ultra-processed food piles up

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