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Sepsis arises when the body overreacts to an infection, and blood vessels throughout the body become leaky. Researchers now estimate that about 11 million people worldwide died with sepsis in 2017 alone — that's about 20% of all deaths. Medic Image/Universal Images Gr/Getty Images hide caption

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Stealth Disease Likely To Blame For 20% Of Worldwide Deaths

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Teri Hines says she had a bout of depression during the lead up to menopause in her mid-40s. For many women, the lead-up to menopause can trigger mood issues. Hannah Yoon for NPR hide caption

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As Menopause Nears, Be Aware It Can Trigger Depression And Anxiety, Too

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The mouse on the right has been engineered to have four times the muscle mass of a normal lab mouse. Se-Jin Lee/PLOS One hide caption

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Scientists Sent Mighty Mice To Space To Improve Treatments Back On Earth

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A light micrograph of a primitive human embryo, composed of four cells, following the initial mitotic divisions that ultimately transform a single-cell organism into one composed of millions of cells. Science Photo Libra/Getty Images hide caption

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Embryo Research To Reduce Need For In Vitro Fertilization Raises Ethical Concerns

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Jennifer Ford of Oakham, Mass., went through serious postpartum depression after her second pregnancy. She got help from her obstetrician after he connected with a statewide program that supports doctors. Kieran Kesner for NPR hide caption

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'A Lifeline' For Doctors Helps Them Treat Postpartum Depression

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As Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate again on Tuesday night, health care proposals are likely to come up, as they did during the November 20 debate. Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., (left) Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., (right) will be among the candidates debating. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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The Food And Drug Administration reviews new drugs for approval much faster than it used to, but changes in the agency's standards have drawn questions. Michael J. Ermarth/FDA hide caption

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FDA Approves Drugs Faster Than Ever But Relies On Weaker Evidence, Researchers Find

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Dr. John Dunlap runs a direct primary care practice in Overland Park, Kan., offering patients direct access to him by phone and longer appointment times. The model is similar to concierge medicine. Barrett Emke for NPR hide caption

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'Concierge' Medicine Gets More Affordable But Is Still Not Widespread

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Kratom products are legal in most states and are widely available. But the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration worry that kratom carries the risk of physical and psychological dependency and, in some people, addiction. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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The Kratom Debate: Helpful Herb Or Dangerous Drug?

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Running and other moderate exercise can protect against lifestyle disease. A new study shows training for a marathon slows cardiovascular aging. RichVintage/Getty Images hide caption

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Ready For Your First Marathon? Training Can Cut Years Off Your Cardiovascular Age

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Making art is fun. But there's a lot more to it. It might serve an evolutionary purpose — and emerging research shows that it can help us feel happy and relaxed. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Norm Ciha says he lost his bedding, clothes and the medicine he'd been prescribed to treat hepatitis C during a sweep of his camp outside an Ikea in Emeryville, Calif., in November 2018. Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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