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A cross-section of skeletal muscle in this light micrograph shows the individual, parallel muscle fibers (red). These fibers work in concert to power movement. Thomas Deerinck, NCMIR/ScienceSource hide caption

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Experimental Technique Coaxes Muscles Destroyed By War To Regrow

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issues a statement to the media after the execution of Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma Secretary of Safety and Security Michael C. Thompson stands behind her at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Alonzo Adams/AP hide caption

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Loved ones express their grief at the burial of Ramon Romero Ramirez in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, January 2013. The 36-year-old died of chronic kidney disease after working in the sugar cane fields for 12 years. Ramirez is part of a steady procession of deaths among cane workers. Ed Kashi/VII hide caption

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Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America

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Mike Smith, of Long Beach, Calif., now pays $200 for his family's health insurance policy, compared with the $3,000 a month he would have had to pay on the individual market last year. Stephanie O'Neill for NPR hide caption

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Obamacare Enrollees Emboldened To Leave Jobs, Start Businesses

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Tornadoes killed at least 17 people on Sunday and Monday. But some managed to stay safe in underground shelters like the one at right in Vilonia, Ark. Karen E. Segrave/AP hide caption

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Insurance plans that only cover catastrophic costs don't pencil out for most people, an architect of the Affordable Care Act says. iStockphoto hide caption

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Kelly Koshuta, a basketball star at James Madison High School, Vienna, Va., had surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament injured in 2012. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post hide caption

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Testosterone levels in men can go up and down throughout the day. Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption

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Test First Before Going For Those Testosterone Supplements

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