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Research Gaps Leave Doctors Guessing About Treatments For Pregnant Women

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To protect a developing fetus from experimental drugs or treatments that might cause birth defects, pregnant women aren't included in many clinical trials. But that limits the safety evidence, too.

As Climate Changes, Is Eating Raw Oysters Getting Riskier?

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Tighter regulations on oyster harvesting have helped reduce the number of people affected by the deadly bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, but warming waters have allowed the bacteria to expand and thrive.

'We're Fighting For Our Lives': Patients Protest Sky-High Insulin Prices

NPR

The price of insulin keeps going up. For people with Type 1 diabetes, high prices can be a life and death issue. Now a grassroots movement is pushing for change.

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Break Rules, Clean Up Gutters: The To-Do List Of A Rookie Mayor In Sierra Leone

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the first female mayor in Freetown in years, is trying to clean up the perpetual mess caused by rain and garbage — a first step in her plan to revive the beleaguered city.

Health | Nation

Exercise Wins: Fit Seniors Can Have Hearts That Look 30 Years Younger

Why develop an exercise habit now? Because 75-year-olds who've been doing it for decades may have the cardiovascular systems of people in their 40s and the muscles of 20-somethings, researchers found.

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For One Rural Community, Fighting Addiction Started With Recruiting The Right Doctor

While opioids get all the attention, rural communities struggle with substances like meth and alcohol too. One clinic is building up capacity to treat all of them, using both medicine and counseling.

Health | World | Flora and Fauna

Dear Internet: Goats In Sweaters Are Cuter Than Kittens In Mittens

A woman from Iowa began taking pictures of goats in sweaters in Bangladesh and India. The owners thought she was crazy. But her work has made a difference in the lives of the locals, in a good way.

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A Photographer Turns A Lens On His Father's Alzheimer's

They had always been partners, in a way — artists who connected through their work. So, when Gene DiRado began withdrawing from the world, his son rushed toward him — and brought along a camera.

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Facing Critical Labor Shortage, Japan Opens Door Wider To Foreign Workers

An aging population and low birth rate have led lawmakers to accept semi-skilled non-Japanese temporary laborers.

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Pakistan Ousts 18 Aid Agencies. Human Rights Minister Tweets 'They Must Leave'

Among the groups were Catholic Relief Services, World Vision and Plan International. The tweet accused them of spreading disinformation.

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Poll: Young People More Likely To Defer Health Care Because Of Cost

A third of people under 35 said cost led them to put off some form of health care, compared with only 8 percent of people 65 and older, a poll by NPR and IBM Watson Health found.

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UNAIDS Report: 9 Million Are Likely HIV Positive And Don't Know It

That's why public health officials are urging people to "know your status." But if the learn they are HIV positive, there isn't always a clear path to treatment.

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More Salt, Fewer Whole Grains: USDA Eases School Lunch Nutrition Rules

Advocates say the Trump administration's rollback of nutrition requirements could lead to school meals that are inconsistent with federal dietary guidelines.

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