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Isela was denied life insurance because her medication list showed a prescription for the opioid-reversal drug naloxone. The Boston Medical Center nurse says she wants to have the drug on hand so she can save others. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone

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A highly potent synthetic opioid, fentanyl is often mixed into other drugs sold on the street, including pills, heroin and even cocaine. Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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Just outside of Paradise, the charred remains of the Camp Fire stops just short of a home that survived the blaze. Adam Grossberg/KQED hide caption

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'Rethinking The Past' In The Aftermath Of California's Deadly Wildfires

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Teens' biological clock drives them to stay up late and sleep in. Most school start times don't accommodate that drive. Jasper Cole/Getty Images hide caption

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Keri Blakinger spent nearly two years incarcerated on narcotics charges before becoming a criminal justice reporter for the Houston Chronicle. Nicole Hensley/Houston Chronicle hide caption

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From Convict To Criminal Justice Reporter: 'I Was So Lucky To Come Out Of This'

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Shauna Pelfrey talks to her husband, Dorian, while preparing for his dialysis appointment. Lynsey Weatherspoon for NPR hide caption

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Vitamin Treatment For Sepsis Is Put To The Test

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Tim Green, a former NFL player and former NPR commentator, has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Green believes football gave him the disease. Heather Ainsworth for NPR hide caption

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Former NFL Player Tim Green Has A New Opponent — ALS

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A customer holds a McDonald's Big Mac. The fast-food giant, one of the world's biggest beef buyers, has announced plans to use its might to cut back on antibiotics in its global beef supply. Environmentalists are applauding the commitment. Christoph Schmidt/Picture Alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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The USNS Comfort, a U.S. Navy medical ship, floats off the coast of Riohacha, Colombia. The medical vessel is on a four-country tour of the region, providing medical assistance. Jim Wyss/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Navy Sends Hospital Ship To Colombia To Treat Venezuelan Migrants

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The shortage is a nationwide problem. And the cause, according to the drug's manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, is simple: "Unprecedented demand." Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Research Gaps Leave Doctors Guessing About Treatments For Pregnant Women

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Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the new mayor of Freetown in Sierra Leone, speaks at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. "For decades, there had been no structure, no focused thinking of a strategy for the city," she says. "The way my brain works is with plans. I have to have a to-do list." Riccardo Savi/Getty Images hide caption

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Thomas "Uptown T" Stewart (left), has been shucking oysters at Pascal's Manale restaurant for more than 30 years, about as long as Paula (middle) and Brent Coussou have been going there. Travis Lux/WWNO hide caption

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Angela Lautner, who lives in Elsmere, Ky., has Type 1 diabetes and is an advocate for affordable insulin. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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'We're Fighting For Our Lives': Patients Protest Sky-High Insulin Prices

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