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Even one minute of "daily-ish" meditation can make a difference in reducing stress, according to Dan Harris, the author of Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics. Jamie Jones/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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'Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics' Offers Practical Advice For Stressed-Out Cynics

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Life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second straight year, in part because of the surge of overdoses on opioids, such as oxycodone. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.

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Samantha Pierce of Cleveland has a 7-year-old daughter, Camryn. In 2009, Pierce gave premature birth to twins. The babies did not survive. Scientists say black women lead more stressful lives, which makes them more likely to give birth prematurely and puts their babies at risk of dying. Dustin Franz for NPR hide caption

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How Racism May Cause Black Mothers To Suffer The Death Of Their Infants

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Macaques are social animals, whether in a group enclosure like this one at the Gelsenkircen zoo in western Germany, or in the wild. But many research monkeys are still housed in separate cages. Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

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Mowing the lawn can be good exercise, and is fun for some people. But others who find themselves squeezed for time might find the luxury of paying someone else to do it to be of much more value than buying more stuff. Kristen Solecki for NPR hide caption

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Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff

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Shannon McGrath, pictured with her son Rayder, says it has been a lot easier to make her medical appointments recently, thanks to help from a "patient navigator" — assigned to her by Kaiser Permanente — who arranged McGrath's transportation. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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Your ZIP Code Might Be As Important To Health As Your Genetic Code

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Wellness Programs Add Financial Advice To Improve Employee Health

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Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You

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This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

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Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

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Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

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