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Students in Alice Henshaw's Wilderness Medical Associates CPR training course can practice on a Womanikin, designed to help trainees understand that compressions should be performed the same way on women's bodies as men's. Alice Henshaw hide caption

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Medicare's overhauled Plan Finder debuted at the end of August. But health care advocates and insurance agents say the website has had big problems ever since, including inaccurate details about prices, which drugs each plan covers and their dosages. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Paul Williams (left) helps Scott Beatty build his 'backpack' guitar. It has a smaller body, meant to easily fit in a pack. Beatty is in the Culture of Recovery program which teaches instrument making to people recovering from addiction. Caitlin Tan/West Virginia Public Broadcasting hide caption

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Researchers have identified waves of proteins in blood that peak at three distinct stages of life. What do the findings mean for aging? ER Productions Limited/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Find Surprising Age-Related Protein Waves In Blood

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Dr. Laurie Punch, a trauma surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, is adamant that violence is a true medical problem doctors must treat in both the operating room and the community. Whitney Curtis for KHN hide caption

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Hair dyes and straighteners contain chemicals that are being studied for their health effects. Srdjanpav/Getty Images hide caption

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Truvada is one of two HIV prevention drugs that will be available for free to qualified individuals. BSIP/Universal Images Group/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. BJ Miller's new project, the Center for Dying and Living, is a website designed for people to share their stories related to living with illness, disability or loss, or their stories of caring for someone with those conditions. Simon & Schuster hide caption

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After A Freak Accident, A Doctor Finds Insight Into 'Living Life And Facing Death'

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Presidential candidates recognize health care is a key voting concern. But polled Democrats don't yet agree on the best solution. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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The Cambria factory in Minnesota manufactures slabs of engineered quartz for kitchen and bathroom countertops. If businesses don't follow worker protection rules, cutting these slabs to fit customers' kitchens can release lung-damaging silica dust. Cambria hide caption

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'There's No Good Dust': What Happens After Quartz Countertops Leave The Factory

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When Teens Abuse Parents, Shame and Secrecy Make It Hard to Seek Help

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A box of vaping products confiscated from students or thrown away at Boulder High School. The school's assistant principal collects items for later delivery to the county's hazardous waste facility. John Daley/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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Don't Toss That E-Cig: Vaping Waste Is A Whole New Headache For Schools and Cities

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