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Greg O'Brien (left), with Colleen, Mary Catherine, Conor, and Brendan O'Brien, has been grappling with Alzheimer's disease for the last five years. Courtesy Greg O'Brien hide caption

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After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

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Football rules, uniforms, helmets and protective gear have changed a lot over the years. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

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Think of human relationships as entanglements. How do they bind you; how do they reveal who you really are? Daniel Horowitz for NPR hide caption

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By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

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Harvard University student Elana Simon introduces President Obama before he spoke at the White House Friday about an initiative to encourage research into more precise medicine. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Augustine Goba (right) heads the laboratory at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. He and colleagues analyzed the viral genetics in blood samples from 78 Ebola patients early in the epidemic. Stephen Gire/AP hide caption

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Could This Virus Be Good For You?

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Cleveland Clinic pharmacist Katie Greenlee talks with Morgan Clay about how he should take his prescriptions when he leaves the hospital. Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN/Ideastream hide caption

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Lori Lomas, an insurance agent with Feather Financial in Quincy, Calif., has noticed that her clients in San Francisco have many more health carrier options than her mountain neighbors. Pauline Bartolone for KXJZ hide caption

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Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

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A couple of male, genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes take flight. Dr Derric Nimmo/Oxitec hide caption

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Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

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Research into how the human brain develops helps explain why teens have trouble controlling impulses. Leigh Wells/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

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VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

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Rhett Krawitt, 6, outside his school in Tiburon, Calif. Seven percent of the children in his school are not vaccinated. Courtesy of Carl Krawitt hide caption

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