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Twins Ryan and Nell Stimpert lie in their baby boxes at home in Cleveland. The cardboard boxes are safe and portable places for the babies to sleep. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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Jerusha Hodge is among the handful of CeaseFire outreach workers who work to curtail violence in three South Side Chicago neighborhoods. Hodge says shootings are down in the areas where CeaseFire has a presence. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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Treat Gun Violence Like A Public Health Crisis, One Program Says

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The World Health Organization's finalists for the next director-general (from left): Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Sania Nishtar and David Nabarro Fabrice Coffrini and Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Stanford bioengineering professor Manu Prakash looked to a children's toy to create a hand-powered centrifuge for processing blood tests. Kurt Hickman /Stanford University hide caption

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Children's Whirligig Toy Inspires a Low-Cost Laboratory Test

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Third-year dental student Alex Dolbik checks the oral health of a patient at the Refugee Health Clinic in San Antonio. Wendy Rigby/Texas Public Radio hide caption

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In Texas, Students Help Provide Health Care For Refugees

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A Stabbing, A Possible Ebola Outbreak, And A 'Time Bomb'

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While incarcerated, Mark Baskerville says he suffered five diabetic comas. He says he's now doing a better job of managing his health. Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR hide caption

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Helping Ex-Inmates Stay Out Of The ER Brings Multiple Benefits

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Addiction to opioids and heroin is a major public health problem, but so is alcohol abuse. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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Surgeon General Murthy Wants America To Face Up To Addiction

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Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death in the U.S. and also can cause lifelong disabilities. Anthony Saffery/Getty Images hide caption

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Cori Bargmann is applying her training as a neuroscientist to shaping the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's ambitious agenda. Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hide caption

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Applying A Silicon Valley Approach To Jump-Start Medical Research

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A government watchdog's report says Flint residents' exposure to lead in city drinking water could have been stopped months earlier by federal regulators. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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