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A pharmacy in New York City offers vaccines for COVID-19 and flu. Some researchers argue that the two diseases may pose similar risks of dying for those infected. Ted Shaffrey/AP hide caption

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Scientists debate how lethal COVID is. Some say it's now less risky than flu

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3 common thinking traps and how to avoid them, according to a Yale psychologist

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Protesters march outside the Indiana state Capitol building on July 25, 2022, in Indianapolis as activists gathered during a special session. Jon Cherry/Getty Images hide caption

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Even though the sisters hope a successful drug treatment for their family's form of dementia will emerge, they're now planning for a future without one. "There's a kind of sorrow about Alzheimer's disease that, as strange as it seems, there's a comfort in being in the presence of people who understand it," Ward says. Juan Diego Reyes for NPR hide caption

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With early Alzheimer's in the family, these sisters decided to test for the gene

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Abortion rights supporters gather outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich., during a rally on September 7, 2022. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Critics say the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's signs explaining New York's new mask-optional policy for transit riders undermines earlier messages and puts people at risk. Metropolitan Transportation Authority hide caption

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After a hospital stay, many patients are surveyed to weigh in on how good their experience was. Survey results can affect how much hospitals get paid. But instances of racial or other discrimination are not covered in the surveys. David Sacks/Getty Images hide caption

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Sarah Comer demonstrates the game Beat Saber using a virtual reality headset in Washington, D.C. During the pandemic, Comer and her family had a competition from their respective homes across several states to see who could rack up the most points on some of the exercise games on their VR headsets, "as a motivator for us to exercise and stay connected," she says. Photo Illustration by Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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4 ways to make your workout actually fun, according to behavioral scientists

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The new COVID boosters rolling out this month represent a shift in strategy, said White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha during a press briefing. The goal now will likely be to roll out new boosters annually. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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The new COVID booster could be the last you'll need for a year, federal officials say

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Gearing up for fall, health officials are recommending a new round of booster shots. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Omicron boosters: Do I need one, and if so, when?

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A heat wave is smothering much of the Western region including Los Angeles. Worrisome weather trends like this can contribute to climate stress. Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Vials of the reformulated Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster move through production at a plant in Kalamazoo, Mich. Pfizer Inc. hide caption

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CDC recommends new booster shots to fight omicron

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Regina Campbell holds her paperwork for knocking on doors to tell residents about issues on the ballot in the fall, including a potential constitutional amendment on reproductive rights, in Pontiac, Mich., on August 6, 2022. Sarah Rice/The Washington Post via Getty Im hide caption

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The Michigan supreme court set to decide whether voters see abortion on the ballot

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The U.S. food system makes junk food plentiful and cheap. Eating a diet based on whole foods like fresh fruit and vegetables can promote health - but can also strain a tight grocery budget. Food leaders are looking for ways to improve how Americans eat. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Vials of the newly reformulated COVID-19 vaccine booster are being readied by Pfizer for distribution now that the Food and Drug Administration has authorized the shots for people 12 and older. Pfizer Inc. hide caption

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Flags at the Washington Monument commemorate Americans who died from COVID-19. In 2021, life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second year in a row. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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4 exercises that can prevent (and relieve!) pain from computer slouching and more

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joins a group of women as they discuss their personal stories of miscarraige at her campaign headquarters in Decatur, Ga. on Aug. 3. Riley Bunch/GPB hide caption

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Stacey Abrams is behind in the polls and looking to abortion rights to help her win

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