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Many people might not be aware of what types of vaccines they need as they get older. Here, an adult gets a flu shot in Jacksonville, Fla. Rick Wilson/AP images for Flu + You hide caption

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a into law a ban on nearly all abortions Wednesday. Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP hide caption

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Alabama Governor Signs Abortion Ban Into Law

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Fort Scott, Kan., fills up on weekday afternoons as locals grab pizza, visit a coffeehouse or browse antique shops and a bookstore. Like other rural communities, the commercial areas also include empty storefronts. Christopher Smith for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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No Mercy: How A Kansas Town Is Grappling With Its Hospital's Closure

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States Sue Drugmakers Over Alleged Generic-Price-Fixing Scheme

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In most states, undocumented immigrants with kidney failure have to receive dialysis as an emergency treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Some advocates say kidney transplants for undocumented immigrants would be a cheaper way to treat the problem. JazzIRT/Getty Images hide caption

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Transplants A Cheaper, Better Option For Undocumented Immigrants With Kidney Failure

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Just as sleep deprivation has been shown to impair cognition, so too has it been found to dampen empathy for others. Johner Images/Getty Images hide caption

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An MRI scan shows signs of atrophy in the brain of a patient with Huntington's disease. Science Photo Library/Science Source hide caption

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Experimental Drug For Huntington's Disease Jams Malfunctioning Gene

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The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights has issued new rules protecting health care workers who refuse to be involved in certain procedures for religious or moral reasons. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, announced a new rule requiring drugmakers to publish drug list prices in TV ads. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Lenh Vuong, a clinical social worker at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, checks on a former John Doe patient she recently helped identify. Heidi de Marco/KHN hide caption

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Dr. Brian Chesebro (right), in Portland, Ore., has calculated that by simply using the anesthesia gas sevoflurane in most surgeries, instead of the similar gas desflurane, he can significantly cut the amount of global warming each procedure contributes to the environment. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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Effects Of Surgery On A Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?

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Even if a genetic test could reliably predict obesity risk, would people make effective use of the information? eyecrave/Vetta/Getty Images hide caption

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How Helpful Would A Genetic Test For Obesity Risk Be?

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Clarisa Corber at work at a Topeka, Kan., insurance agency. Corber and her husband — who have three kids, a health plan and $15,000 in medical debt — were profiled in a recent Los Angeles Times investigation into the effects of high-deductible health plans. Nick Krug/Los Angeles Times hide caption

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Employees Start To Feel The Squeeze Of High-Deductible Health Plans

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Health care workers may now refuse to be involved with providing services that offend their religious beliefs. The new rule, issued by the HHS Office for Civil Rights, affirms existing conscience protections established by Congress, director Roger Severino says. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images hide caption

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New Trump Rule Protects Health Care Workers Who Refuse Care For Religious Reasons

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A sweeping abortion bill passed the Alabama state House Tuesday and is expected to win final passage in the Republican-majority Senate. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Alabama Lawmakers Move To Outlaw Abortion In Challenge To Roe v. Wade

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Kim has been living at the Epiphany Center, a treatment facility in San Francisco for women struggling with addiction, for the past six months. She says her teddy bear is her only material possession left from her past: "Because everything I had, I've lost over and over again." April Dembosky/KQED hide caption

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As Meth Use Surges, First Responders Struggle To Help Those In Crisis

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Will computers alienate us from the healing touch? Chris Nickels for NPR hide caption

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As Artificial Intelligence Moves Into Medicine, The Human Touch Could Be A Casualty

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Oakley Yoder walks with her parents, Josh Perry and Shelli Yoder, outside their home in Bloomington, Ind. Chris Bergin for KHN hide caption

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Summer Bummer: A Young Camper's $142,938 Snakebite

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Melinda Gates at a panel discussion in New York in February. She is the author of a new book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. John Lamparski/Getty Images hide caption

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Melinda Gates On Marriage, Parenting And Why She Made Bill Drive The Kids To School

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Studies show that when doctors practice compassion, patients fare better, and doctors experience less burnout. Cavan Images/Getty Images/Cavan Images RF hide caption

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