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The overprescription of opioid pain medications such as these oxycodone pills has been blamed for an addiction epidemic in the U.S. — and has spurred a flurry of activity in American courts. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Williams with gym goers and kettlebells at CORE in Brookline, Mass. Robin Lubbock/WBUR hide caption

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'Queer Gym' Empowers LGBTQ+ Clients, Both Physically And Mentally

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How Magic Mushrooms Can Help Smokers Kick The Habit

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U.S. teens' use of e-cigarettes has doubled since 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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High School Vape Culture Can Be Almost As Hard To Shake As Addiction, Teens Say

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President Trump talked to seniors about health care in central Florida in early October. "We eliminated Obamacare's horrible, horrible, very expensive and very unfair, unpopular individual mandate," Trump told the crowd. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Is Trying Hard To Thwart Obamacare. How's That Going?

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Jeri Seidman and her daughter Hannah lounge at their home in Charlottesville, Va. Hannah is a patient in a genetic risk study about Type 1 diabetes. Carlos Bernate for NPR hide caption

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Researchers Try A Genetic Diabetes Test To Prevent Emergency Hospitalizations

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Bill Bryson's Latest Is A Different Kind Of Journey — Into 'The Body'

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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after busting the elusive two-hour barrier for the marathon Saturday in Vienna. Alex Halada/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, Texas v. Azar, was argued in July in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney Robert Henneke, representing the plaintiffs, spoke outside the courthouse on July 9. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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A month after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, Sherrine Petit Homme LaFrance gets a hug from husband Ferrier Petit Homme. The storm destroyed their home on Grand Abaco Island. They are now living with China Laguerre in Nassau. Cheryl Diaz Meyer for NPR hide caption

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Already, Health Canada has posted safety and efficacy data online for four newly approved drugs; it plans to release reports for another 13 drugs and three medical devices approved or rejected since March. Teerapat Seedafong/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Sometimes doctors rapidly taper their chronic pain patients' opioid doses. Now a federal agency recommends against this. Douglas Sacha/Getty Images hide caption

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Don't Force Patients Off Opioids Abruptly, New Guidelines Say, Warning Of Severe Risks

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More cities are passing legislation to ban the construction of drive-through windows in an attempt to curb emissions, reduce litter and improve pedestrian safety. The bans are also sometimes touted as a way to help fight obesity, but past studies suggest they don't have that effect. Tim Boyle/Getty Images hide caption

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Although Gray will finally go home to Forest, Miss., she will return to Nashville once a month for four months to undergo blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy. But, she says, the hardest part is over. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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A Patient Hopes Gene-Editing Can Help With Pain Of Sickle Cell Disease

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