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Most of the people in a choir at Ryerson University in Toronto have joined a study testing how practicing music might help people with hearing loss handle noisy environments better. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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'Like Brain Boot Camp': Using Music To Ease Hearing Loss

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A whistleblower lawsuit alleged that two Florida insurance plans inflated fees by making patients appear sicker than they were. Getty Images hide caption

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Poll responses to the question of whether the Senate should pass the American Health Care Act. NPR hide caption

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Poll: Americans Increasingly Think Their Health Care Will Get Worse

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Some people using brokers to buy insurance through healthcare.gov will no longer have to go through a multi-step process to enroll. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A 4-year-old regulation in New York state requires doctors and hospitals to treat sepsis using a protocol that some researchers now question. Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Are State Rules For Treating Sepsis Really Saving Lives?

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French pharmaceutical group Sanofi is expected to receive an exclusive license to market a new Zika vaccine. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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States Fear Price Of New Zika Vaccine Will Be More Than They Can Pay

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Handshake-Free Zones Target Spread Of Germs In The Hospital

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Adult ADHD can be difficult to diagnose. Hemant Mehta/IndiaPicture RF/Getty Images hide caption

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Adult ADHD Can't Be Diagnosed With A Simple Screening Test, Doctors Warn

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The good old reflex hammer (like this Taylor model) might seem like an outdated medical device, but its role in diagnosing disease is still as important as ever. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Charmayne Healy (left) and Miranda Kirk (right), co-founders of the Aaniiih Nakoda Anti-Drug Movement, have helped Melinda Healy (center) with their peer-support programs. Nora Saks/MTPR hide caption

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2 Sisters Try To Tackle Drug Use At A Montana Indian Reservation

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Vincent Galvan first went to a nursing home in 2012 after his right leg was amputated. He was evicted after complaining about his care. Mariah Woelfel/WVIK hide caption

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As Nursing Homes Evict Patients, States Question Motives

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Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically boosts self-control. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

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As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

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As baby boomers age, more older Americans are visiting the emergency room, which can be an overcrowded, disorienting and even traumatic place. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Secondhand exposure to vaping poses health risks, according to the Surgeon General. Mauro Grigollo/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (from left), with Vice President Pence and and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., on Capitol Hill, noted that the CBO analysis confirms that the House GOP health care bill will cut the deficit. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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