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Visitors and park rangers at historic Fort Scott check out a medevac helicopter operated by Midwest AeroCare during the Kansas town's Good Ol' Days festival. Sarah Jane Tribble/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Air Ambulances Woo Rural Consumers With Memberships That May Leave Them Hanging

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An FDA committee voted to approve Palforzia, a new treatment for peanut allergy. The treatment is a form of oral immunotherapy intended to desensitize the immune system to peanuts. Lauri Patterson/Getty Images hide caption

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With suicides on the rise, the government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to use. A proposed three-digit number — 988 — could replace the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Jenny Kane/AP hide caption

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President Trump speaks to the press with first lady Melania Trump and Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Norman Sharpless (left) and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in the Oval Office at the White House on Wednesday. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA To Banish Flavored E-Cigarettes To Combat Youth Vaping

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These human embryo-like structures (top) were synthesized from human stem cells; they've been stained to illustrate different cell types. Images (bottom) of the "embryoids" in the new device that was invented to make them. Yi Zheng/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor hide caption

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Scientists Create A Device That Can Mass-Produce Human Embryoids

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How To Teach Future Doctors About Pain In The Midst Of The Opioid Crisis

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The EPA says it aims to eliminate the testing of chemicals and pesticides in animals by 2035. filo/Getty Images hide caption

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EPA Chief Pledges To Severely Cut Back On Animal Testing Of Chemicals

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Millions of homes built before 1978 still contain lead-based paint. A report published Monday finds the Environmental Protection Agency is not adequately enforcing laws meant to protect children from lead-laden paint flakes and dust. Stew Milne/AP hide caption

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Dr. Abdul Subhan, a psychiatrist, at Meridian Health Services in Indiana, connects with patients over the Internet. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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Telepsychiatry Helps Recruitment And Patient Care In Rural Areas

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Researchers surveyed people about their happy childhood memories and found that those who had more were much less likely to experience depression later in life. IvanJekic/Getty Images hide caption

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Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

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Unlike Planned Parenthood which pulled out of Title X family planning funding, many clinics still take the funding and must comply with new rules on discussing abortion. Doctors worry it will affect their relationships with patients. SDI Productions/Getty Images hide caption

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Joe Bay (center), coach of a New York City "Bootcamp for New Dads," instructs Adewale Oshodi (left) and George Pasco in how to cradle an infant for best soothing. Jason LeCras for NPR hide caption

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Supporters of safe injection sites in Philadelphia rallied outside this week's federal hearing. The judge's ultimate ruling will determine if the proposed "Safehouse" facility to prevent deaths from opioid overdose would violate the federal Controlled Substances Act. Kimberly Paynter/WHYY hide caption

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Trump Administration Is In Court To Block Nation's 1st Supervised Injection Site

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U.S. health officials are again urging people to stop vaping until experts figure out why some are coming down with serious respiratory illnesses. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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Dr. Peter Grinspoon was a practicing physician when he became addicted to opioids. When he got caught, Grinspoon wasn't allowed access to what's now the standard treatment for addiction — buprenorphine or methadone (in addition to counseling) — precisely because he was a doctor. /Tony Luong for NPR hide caption

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For Health Workers Struggling With Addiction, Why Are Treatment Options Limited?

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UK Biobank has granted 10,000 qualified scientists access to its large database of genetic sequences and other medical data, but other organizations with databases have been far more restrictive in giving access. KTSDESIGN/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?

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The New York State Department of Health said Thursday that it is looking at vitamin E acetate as a potential cause of severe pulmonary illness cases in the state that have been associated with vaping. Daniel Becerril/Reuters hide caption

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