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From Lawn Mowers To Rock Concerts, Our 'Deafening World' Is Hurting Our Ears

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Trust Your Gut: A Beginner's Guide To Intuitive Eating

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A large study published in late October found that weekly injections of Makena during the latter months of pregnancy "did not decrease recurrent preterm births." Jill Lehmann Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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Controversy Kicks Up Over A Drug Meant To Prevent Premature Birth

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Diagnostic Gaps: Skin Comes In Many Shades And So Do Rashes

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To sleep better, exercise daily and limit caffeine and alcohol. Olivia Sun/NPR hide caption

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Body Clock Blues? Time Change Is Tough. Here's How To Sleep Well Tonight

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Psychologist Ken Carter studies why some people seek out haunted houses and other thrills — even though he's not one of them. Kay Hinton/Emory University hide caption

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The Science Of Scary: Why It's So Fun To Be Freaked Out

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During deep sleep, waves of cerebrospinal fluid (blue) coincide with temporary decreases in blood flow (red). Less blood in the brain means more room for the fluid to carry away toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer's disease. Fultz et al. 2019 hide caption

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How Deep Sleep May Help The Brain Clear Alzheimer's Toxins

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Arline Feilen (left) and her sister, Kathy McCoy, at their mother's home in the Chicago suburbs. The biggest chunk of Feilen's bill was $16,480 for four nights in a room shared with another patient. McCoy joked that it would have been cheaper to stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Alyssa Schukar for KHN hide caption

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A Woman's Grief Led To A Mental Health Crisis And A $21,634 Hospital Bill

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Nathaly Sweeney, a neonatologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and researcher with Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine, attends to a young patient in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. Jenny Siegwart/Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine hide caption

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Fast DNA Sequencing Can Offer Diagnostic Clues When Newborns Need Intensive Care

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More Americans have been getting less than seven hours of sleep a night in the past several years, especially in professions such as health care. ER Productions Limited/Getty Images hide caption

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Working Americans Are Getting Less Sleep, Especially Those Who Save Our Lives

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Scientists caution that using marijuana during pregnancy could be risky, but some women with severe nausea and lack of appetite during pregnancy are trying it. Niklas Skur/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Some Pregnant Women Use Weed For Morning Sickness But FDA Cautions Against It

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If you get to look at dogs and hug them every day, you just might live longer than people who don't have to clean animal hair off their clothes, according to a pair of studies out this month. R A Kearton/Getty Images hide caption

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has mobilized more than 140 scientists and other staffers to investigate the causes of vaping-related lung injuries and deaths. Will & Deni McIntyre/Science Source hide caption

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Behind The Scenes Of CDC's Vaping Investigation

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This year the Drug Enforcement Administration is accepting electronic vaping devices (provided any lithium ion batteries are removed) during its annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event. Lane Turner/The Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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At Chicago's McCormick Place, neuroscientists from around the world presented their work to colleagues. But some researchers were denied entry because of the Trump administration's travel ban. Rob Piercy/Allen Institute hide caption

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U.S. Travel Ban Disrupts The World's Largest Brain Science Meeting

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Vaping devices now come in many shapes and sizes; these were confiscated from students by a high school principal in Massachusetts in 2018. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Scientists are exploring a new technique, called prime editing, that is more precise than CRISPR and which uses certain enzymes, including reverse transcriptase, to edit DNA. Evan Oto/Science Source hide caption

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Scientists Create New, More Powerful Technique To Edit Genes

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Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk

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Though complications from the flu can be deadly for people who are especially vulnerable, including pregnant women and their newborns, typically only about half of pregnant women get the needed vaccination, U.S. statistics show. BSIP/Getty Images hide caption

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Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

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