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A worker cuts black granite to make a countertop. Though granite, marble and "engineered stone" all can produce harmful silica dust when cut, ground or polished, the artificial stone typically contains much more silica, says a CDC researcher tracking cases of silicosis. danishkhan/Getty Images hide caption

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Workers Are Falling Ill, Even Dying, After Making Kitchen Countertops

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If you are suddenly unable to work for an extended period because of illness, injury or accident, long-term-disability insurance can save the day. Rich LaSalle/Getty Images hide caption

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Firearms using lead ammunition spray lead dust out of the muzzle and ejection port when fired. Herra Kuulapaa Precires/Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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The American Iron and Steel Institute is one of the trade groups that wants Congress to undo the stronger safety regulation enacted in 2016 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. michal-rojek/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

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Mai Dang, who owns Fashion Nails in Berkeley, Calif., does a client's nails. The ventilator hose poised over her shoulder helps keeps noxious fumes at bay. Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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California Nail Salons Start To Invest In Worker Safety

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Intensive home-visits by physical, occupational and speech therapists have been "a lifesaver," for little Haylee Crouse, her mom Amanda (left) told Shots. Haylee, who is now 2, developed seizures and physical and intellectual disabilities after contracting meningitis when she was 8 days old. Wade Goodwyn/NPR hide caption

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Cuts In Texas Medicaid Hit Rural Kids With Disabilities Especially Hard

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Overworked Americans Aren't Taking The Vacation They've Earned

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An oil field truck is used to make a transfer at oil-storage tanks in Williston, N.D., in 2014. It was atop tanks like these that oil worker Dustin Bergsing, 21, was found dead. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Mysterious Death Reveals Risk In Federal Oil Field Rules

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About twice a year, statistics suggest, a pilot somewhere in the world — usually flying alone — deliberately crashes a plane. The Germanwing flight downed last week may be one such case. But most people who fit the psychological profile of the pilots in these very rare events never have problems while flying. Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide

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