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This computer-enhanced barium contrast X-ray shows colon cancer in red. Researchers have been trying to figure out what looks to be a decade-long rise in colon cancer among people younger than 50. Scott Camazine/Science Source hide caption

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Dr. C. David Molina reviewing medical records in the 1980s. He was a doctor first, then a health insurer. Courtesy of Molina Healthcare hide caption

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This CEO's Small Insurance Firm Mostly Turned A Profit Under Obamacare. Here's How

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A computer analysis found that people with the same name were more likely to share similar expressions around their eyes and mouths, areas of the face that are easier to adjust. Courtesy of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology hide caption

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A Medicine That Blunts The Buzz Of Alcohol Can Help Drinkers Cut Back

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Dr. Joel Funari performs some 300 tooth extractions annually at his private practice in Devon, Pa.. He's part of a group of dentists reassessing opioid prescribing guidelines in the state. Elana Gordon / WHYY hide caption

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Dentists Work To Ease Patients' Pain With Fewer Opioids

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Nancy Roach at a conference in 2016. She's long worked as a patient's advocate and recently teamed up with scientists to help improve the design of studies, as well as to improve clinical care. Andrew Wortmann/Courtesy of Fight Colorectal Cancer hide caption

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Advice From Patients On A Study's Design Makes For Better Science

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Then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announces that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has approved the state's waiver request for its Medicaid plan in 2015. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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Andie Vaught grasps a stress toy in the shape of a truck as she prepares to have blood drawn as part of a clinical trial for a Zika vaccine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., in November 2016. Allison Shelley/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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The one thing that's certain is that there will be changes in the Affordable Care Act. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Next For The Affordable Care Act? Your Questions Answered

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Nick Dupree arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Montgomery, Ala. on Feb. 11, 2003. His success in getting the state to continue support past age 21 enabled him to attend college and live in his own home. Jamie Martin/AP hide caption

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Nick Dupree Fought To Live 'Like Anyone Else'

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