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Dr. Hillary Tamar, who's in the second year of her family medicine residency in Phoenix, is part of a new generation of doctors who are committed to treating addiction. Jackie Hai/KJZZ hide caption

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Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training In Addiction Medicine

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A chimpanzee hugs her newborn at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands, in 2010. Over the course of his long career, primatologist Frans de Waal has become convinced that primates and other animals express emotions similar to human emotions. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sex, Empathy, Jealousy: How Emotions And Behavior Of Other Primates Mirror Our Own

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The reality of electronic medical records has yet to live up to the promise. suedhang/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

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Why The Promise Of Electronic Health Records Has Gone Unfulfilled

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Dr. Homer Venters, the former head of New York City's correctional health services, says that inmates held in solitary confinement cells, such as the Rikers Island cell shown above, have a higher risk of committing self-harm. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Former Physician At Rikers Island Exposes Health Risks Of Incarceration

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For people with a rare condition known as misophonia, certain sounds like slurping, chewing, tapping and clicking can elicit intense feelings of rage or panic. Photo illustration by Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Misophonia: When Life's Noises Drive You Mad

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Various forms of dementia can take very different courses, so it's important to get the right diagnosis. Mehau Kulyk/Science Source hide caption

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Is It Alzheimer's Or Another Dementia? The Right Answer Matters

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Shawn Esco brings his dog Nibbler to a park in Jackson, Miss. He's was diagnosed with HIV 11 years ago and has stayed healthy, but the same can't be said of many of the other HIV-positive people in his life. L. Kasimu Harris for NPR hide caption

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Ending HIV In Mississippi Means Cutting Through Racism, Poverty And Homophobia

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Federal records show that the average fine for a health or safety infraction by a nursing home dropped to $28,405 under the Trump administration, down from $41,260 in 2016, President Obama's final year in office. Fancy/Veer/Corbis/Getty Images hide caption

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During the era that social media and smartphones has risen, depression and stress among young people has also risen. Roy James Shakespeare/Getty Images hide caption

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A Rise In Depression Among Teens And Young Adults Could Be Linked To Social Media Use

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There can be as many as 35 different inactive ingredients inside a medicine. Monty Rakusen/Getty Images hide caption

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Overlooked Ingredients In Medicines Can Sometimes Trigger Side Effects

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There was an uproar in 2018 when a scientist in China, He Jiankui, announced that he had successfully used CRISPR to edit the genes of twin girls when they were embryos. Prominent scientists hope to stop further attempts at germline editing, at least for now. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Scientists Call For Global Moratorium On Creating Gene-Edited Babies

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"What's important to me is that the facts come to light, and we get justice and accountability," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said about litigation that has made internal Purdue Pharma documents public. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Opioid Litigation Brings Company Secrets Into The Public Eye

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Anna Lange, who works for the sheriff's office in Houston County, Ga., discovered that her health insurance plan excludes transgender services. She is seeking to challenge that policy. Audra Melton for NPR hide caption

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The Trump administration aims to boost competition among hospitals and cut costs by letting consumers see how widely prices can vary for the same medical or surgical procedure. But health economists say patients typically have little choice in choosing their hospital. teekid/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Hospitals And Insurers Might Be Forced To Reveal The True Prices They Negotiate

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Lesley McClurg sits on the floor of her home in Oakland, Calif., reading a birthing book. McClurg has been taking the time to decide between having a home birth or a hospital birth. Lindsey Moore/KQED hide caption

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Home Birth Can Be Appealing, But How Safe Is It?

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For most of us, the benefits of a walk greatly outweigh the risks, doctors say. Get off the couch now. Elena Bandurka /EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Walk Your Dog, But Watch Your Footing: Bone Breaks Are On The Rise

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Eli Lilly and Company, based in Indianapolis, is rolling out a half-price version of its insulin Humalog that will be sold as a generic. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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How Much Difference Will Eli Lilly's Half-Price Insulin Make?

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Invisibilia: For Some Teens With Debilitating Pain, The Treatment Is More Pain

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