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Belle Likover, a 96-year-old retired social worker, told Case Western Reserve medical students that growing old gracefully is all about being able to adapt to one's changing life situation, including health challenges. Lynn Ischay/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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The upshot from a study of more than 75,000 low-risk births is that "childbirth in the United States is very safe regardless of where you decide to do it," says Dr. Michael Greene, who directs obstetrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Photofusion/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Giving Birth Outside A Hospital Is A Little Riskier For The Baby

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VA addiction therapist Brandon Coleman, now on administrative leave, testified about widespread problems with privacy breaches before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs in September. Madison Kirkman/AP Images for ProPublica hide caption

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Geneticists found clues to a disease of iron storage in the remains of several Bronze Age inhabitants of what's now Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland. Chrisgel Ryan Cruz/Flickr hide caption

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How Sound Reveals The Invisible Within Us

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Seanne Thomas manages three health insurance plans for people in her family. Mark Zdechlik/MPR hide caption

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Do You Speak Health Insurance? It's Not Easy

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Repeat Violators Of Health Privacy Laws Often Go Unpunished

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Editing DNA has never been easier. Pasieka/Science Photo Library/Corbis hide caption

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Gene Editing Tool Hailed As A Breakthrough, And It Really Is One

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Many hospitals haven't fully implemented guidelines put forth in 2010 to minimize errors in the determination of brain death. Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images hide caption

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Researchers Find Lapses In Hospitals' Policies For Determining Brain Death

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Delma and Antonio Salazar have been caring for Delma's mother, Agnes Williams (middle), who has severe memory problems, for the past seven years. Laurel Morales/KJZZ hide caption

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Alzheimer's Disease Underdiagnosed In Indian Country

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Training The Immune System To Fight Cancer Has 19th-Century Roots

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Asthma is a big cause of school absences and can cause parents to miss work, too. AJPhoto/Science Source hide caption

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Childhood Asthma Rates Level Off, But Racial Disparities Remain

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