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A drug user prepares to inject himself with heroin inside VANDU's supervised injection room in Vancouver, Canada. Similar sites to the ones implemented in New York have proven successful in Canada. Rafal Gerszak for NPR hide caption

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New York City allows the nation's 1st supervised consumption sites for illegal drugs

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White House prepares for the chance COVID vaccines won't protect against Omicron

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NIH Director Collins says omicron variant questions will be answered as data come in

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New York, hit hard by the first COVID-19 wave, prepares for omicron variant

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A controversial abortion law comes before the Supreme Court this week

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Portugal may be the model to follow for how to live safely with the coronavirus

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Peru has the world's highest COVID death rate. Here's why

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Reproductive rights scholar on legality of abortion ahead of SCOTUS case

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Vezna Hang and his son. Hang fell so ill with COVID-19 before being vaccinated that he needed a double lung transplant. He now encourages other people to get the shot. Vezna Hang hide caption

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Once rare, lung transplants for COVID-19 patients are rising quickly

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A different type of COVID-19 vaccine is about to roll out around the world

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Parents are scrambling after schools suddenly cancel class over staffing and burnout

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Elizabeth Holmes walks into federal court in San Jose, Calif., on Monday. Holmes is accused of duping elite financial backers, customers and patients into believing that her startup was about to revolutionize medicine. Nic Coury/AP hide caption

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Ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes takes the witness stand in her fraud trial

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Community clinics say the easing of restrictions on telehealth during the pandemic has made it possible for health workers to connect with hard-to-reach patients via a phone call — people who are poor, elderly or live in remote areas, and don't have access to a computer or cellphone with video capability. Silke Enkelmann/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Voice-only telehealth may go away with pandemic rules expiring

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An old mental hospital sits in Trieste's San Giovanni Park. The facility closed over 40 years ago, but its ocher pavilions are filled with activity. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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A public mental health model in Italy earns global praise. Now it faces its demise

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Amid a COVID-19 surge in Europe, Austria imposes a lockdown

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There's an effort to get EMTs to respond to more than than medical emergencies

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