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Maxine Stanich celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family in 2010, more than two years after her implanted defibrillator was deactivated by Dr. Rita Redberg to comply with Stanich's "do not resuscitate" directive. Courtesy of Susan Giaquinto/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Long-Term Effects Of Psychotropic Drugs Are 'Cloaked In Mystery'

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Confused about whether your health plan is ACA-compliant? To be sure you're using your state's official marketplace, start with HealthCare.gov, and click on "see if I can change." Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption

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A man bends with a beautiful hip hinge in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. Courtesy of Jean Couch hide caption

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Lost Art Of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines

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It's easy to mistake adolescent depression for something else, child psychiatrists say; the signs can include misbehavior, eating problems or sleep trouble. Johner Bildbyra/Getty Images hide caption

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Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens

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Despite a push in recent years for healthier snacks and more exercise for U.S. kids, the prevalence of obesity is still too high, pediatricians say. Lawrence K. Ho/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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When wildfire smoke choked their community last summer, Amy Cilimburg (left), the director of Climate Smart Missoula, helped Joy and Don Dunagan, of Seeley Lake, Mont., get a HEPA air filter through a partnership with the Missoula City-County Health Department. Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio hide caption

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When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

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Wildfire smoke filled the sky in Seeley Lake, Mont. on Aug. 7, 2017. Weather effects concentrated the accumulating smoke, chronically exposing residents to harmful substances in the air. InciWeb hide caption

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Montana Wildfires Provide A Wealth Of Data On Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure

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A scientist says pen refill reviews on Amazon are more informative that what the current peer review system offers on scientific work costing millions of dollars. Mark Airs/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Aim To Pull Peer Review Out Of The 17th Century

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Ashley Copeland (right) talks to her mom Sue Iverson in the Swedish Medical Center emergency department, near Denver. Copeland got a nerve-blocking anesthetic instead of opioids to ease her severe headache. At discharge she was advised to use over-the-counter painkillers, if necessary. John Daley / CPR News hide caption

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These 10 ERs Sharply Reduced Opioid Use And Still Eased Pain

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Left: Dirk Hoffmann and Alistair Pike sample calcite from a calcite crust on top of the red scalariform sign in La Pasiega.Right: Drawing of Panel 78 in La Pasiega by Breuil et al.(1913). The red scalariform (ladder) symbol has a minimum age of 64,000 years but it is unclear if the animals and other symbols were painted later. J. Zilhão (left) / Breuil et al. (1913)/Science Advances hide caption

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Cave Art May Have Been Handiwork Of Neanderthals

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Rosemary Grant is a registered nurse and helps coordinate sepsis care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The center's goal, she says, is to get a patient who might be developing sepsis antibiotics within three hours. Ian C. Bates for NPR hide caption

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Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

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Kristopher Kelly near his home in Concrete, Wash., in February. He broke his pelvis and all his ribs in a work accident last year. The resulting infection he developed in the hospital almost killed him. Ian C. Bates for NPR hide caption

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Did An IV Cocktail Of Vitamins And Drugs Save This Lumberjack From Sepsis?

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