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The start of flu season is still weeks or months away, but you can get a flu shot now at many pharmacies. "It's a way to get people into the store to buy other things," says Tom Charland, an analyst who tracks the walk-in clinic industry. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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Jim Allison in his lab at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Scott Dalton for NPR hide caption

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A Scientist's Dream Fulfilled: Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

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When a baby is born by cesarean section, she misses out on Mom's microbes in the birth canal. Sarah Small/Getty Images hide caption

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Researchers Test Microbe Wipe To Promote Babies' Health After C-Sections

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Neanderthals, represented here by a museum's reconstruction, had been living in Eurasia for 200,000 years when Homo sapiens first passed through, and the communities intermingled. The same genes that today play a role in allergies very likely fostered a quick response to local bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, scientists say. Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Itchy Eyes? Sneezing? Maybe Blame That Allergy On Neanderthals

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Fetal Cells May Protect Mom From Disease Long After The Baby's Born

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Psyched that it's finally spring? Shifts in the season may affect more than your mood. Corbis hide caption

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Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

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Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

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Kathy Liu and her son Joey Xu talk to friends back home in Gainesville, Fla., from his hospital room in Cincinnati. Amanda Aronczyk/WNYC hide caption

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Son's Rare Cancer Leads Family On Quest For Cure

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