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Several states distribute Naloxone hydrochloride, also called Narcan, to treat opium-based drug overdoses. But only one company manufactures the drug, and the price has spiked in recent years. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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'Magic' Overdose Drug Works, But Demand And Price On The Rise

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Kevin Counihan, CEO of Connecticut's health insurance exchange, hopes to be able to market their expertise. Jeff Cohen/NPR hide caption

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Connecticut Looks To Sell Its Obamacare Exchange To Other States

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That stethoscope may have more germs than you'd expect. A simple wipe with alcohol can solve the problem, but when's the last time you saw that? iStockphoto hide caption

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The new test scans a mother's blood for bits of a fetus's DNA. iStockphoto hide caption

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Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome

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Instructions for the colon screening test were devised so they can be understood in any language. Courtesy of Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research hide caption

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Up till now, all babies have had two genetic parents. That could soon change. Klöpper & Eisenschmidt GbR/iStockphoto hide caption

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Scientists Question Safety Of Genetically Altering Human Eggs

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Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed the law enacting the state's latest phase of health care on August 6, 2012. Eric Haynes/Governor Deval Patrick's Office hide caption

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Massachusetts Launches Health Care Shopping Experiment

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Carl Moore, a former helicopter mechanic, was diagnosed with ALS 20 years ago. He has had unusual longevity for someone with ALS but expects someday to rely on his wheelchair and speech-generating device. Justin Steyer/KPLU hide caption

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For Those Unable To Talk, A Machine That Speaks Their Voice

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Sophia Jarvis, 4, of Berkeley, Calif., is one of the few children diagnosed with the polio-like disease, which left her arm paralyzed. She attended a press conference Monday at Stanford University with her dad, Jeff. Martha Mendoza/AP hide caption

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