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Lauren Kafka rented a machine that delivered cold water and compression to manage pain after rotator cuff surgery. Her insurance company said it wasn't medically necessary and refused to pay for it. Courtesy of Alexander C. Kafka hide caption

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U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, shown here testifying before a Senate committee in 2017, says President Trump's top health priority is addressing opioid addiction. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Surgeon General Says Working Together Is Key To Combating Opioid Crisis

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Emily Blair, a medical assistant at the Colon, Stomach and Liver Center in Lansdowne, Va., takes a blood pressure reading for Robert Koenen. New guidelines say that patients should have their arm resting on a surface while taking a reading and both feet should be placed flat on the ground. Josh Loock/NPR hide caption

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Odds Are, They're Taking Your Blood Pressure All Wrong

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Is There A Way To Keep Using Opioid Painkillers And Reduce Risk?

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An 11-year-old boy put small magnets up both nostrils, then couldn't figure out how to get them out. These X-rays tell the tale. The New England Journal of Medicine hide caption

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Tape worm pills were once advertised as a way to stay thin. Courtesy of Workman Publishing hide caption

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'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

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For People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, More Exercise Isn't Better

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Piper Su, seen here with her son, Elliot, lives in Alexandria, Va. She has registered with several transplant centers in hopes of increasing the odds of getting an organ. Courtesy of Piper Su hide caption

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Searching For A Fairer Way To Distribute Donor Livers

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Testing for changes in cells of the cervix or for presence of the HPV virus are both good ways to screen for cervical cancer, health organizations say. GARO/Canopy/Getty Images hide caption

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