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"It's easier to sort of face the hard things in your life when you're not alone," says hospice chaplain Kerry Egan. "That's a big part of what a chaplain does, is she stays with you." Ann Summa/Getty Images hide caption

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Hospice Chaplain Reflects On Life, Death And The 'Strength Of The Human Soul'

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A federal law that aims to put insurance coverage of mental health care on equal footing with physical health care hasn't succeeded fully. James Boast/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Would You Want To Know The Secrets Hidden In Your Baby's Genes?

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Community Health Options founders COO Robert Hillman (left) and CEO Kevin Lewis seen in 2013 when the co-op began offering coverage. Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption

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After several prominent safety problems with medical devices in hospitals emerged, the Food and Drug Administration inspected 17 hospitals across the country in late 2015 to assess their compliance with reporting regulations. Congressional Quarterly/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images hide caption

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As His Mother's Multiple Sclerosis Progresses, A Son Shifts To Caregiver

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Placebos are commonly thought of as fake treatments that people think are real. But they may be helpful even if you know they're fake. Tim Robberts/Getty Images hide caption

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California rules would require site-specific assessments to identify violence risks for health care workers and plans to mitigate them. Dana Neely/Getty Images hide caption

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Joseph Blackman, a Miami-Dade County mosquito control inspector, at work in Miami. Mosquitoes infected with Zika are now spreading the illness in at least four different parts of the city, according to federal health officials. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Zika May Be In The U.S. To Stay

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Men protesting in support of more money for AIDS research marched down Fifth Avenue during the 14th annual Lesbian and Gay Pride parade in New York in 1983. Mario Suriani/AP hide caption

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Researchers Clear 'Patient Zero' From AIDS Origin Story

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Auvi-Q was pulled from the market in 2015 because of quality concerns. The drug's maker says the problems have been solved and that the product will be available in 2017. AP hide caption

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Poll: Cost Of Child Care Causes Financial Stress For Many Families

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