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Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Vaccine, Doctors Advise

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the flu vaccine an "essential" part of prenatal care, for protection of the newborn as well as the woman. Infants typically don't get their own flu shot until age 6 months or later.Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption

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Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Vaccine, Doctors Advise

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Biggest Flash Points In The Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

Two-year-old Robbie Klein of West Roxbury, Mass., has hemophilia, a medical condition that interferes with his blood's ability to clot normally. His parents, both teachers, worry that his condition could make it hard for them to get insurance to cover his expensive medications if the law changes.Jesse Costa/Jesse Costa/WBURhide caption

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Transgender Hockey Player Postpones Hormone Treatment To Keep Playing

Harrison Browne, seen here playing for the Buffalo Beauts, says he feels lucky to be part of a league that accepts him and wants him to feel comfortable.Courtesy of the National Women's Hockey Leaguehide caption

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5 Americans Talk About How A Health Law Overhaul Would Affect Them

Charlene Yurgaitis gets health insurance through Medicaid in Pennsylvania. It covers the counseling and medication she and her doctors say she needs to recover from her opioid addiction.Ben Allen/WITFhide caption

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Meet Your Friends Who Get Medicaid

Protesters rally against Medicaid cuts in front of the U.S. Capitol in June. Medicaid is the nation's largest health insurance program, covering 74 million people — more than 1 in 5 Americans.Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Imageshide caption

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Uncertainty Over Health Care Law's Future Hobbles Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Stinson Dean (left) and his wife Stephanie play with their three children in their yard in Independence, Mo. He says the Affordable Care Act made it possible for him to start his own business.Alex Smith/KCURhide caption

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Uncertainty Over Health Care Law's Future Hobbles Entrepreneurs

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Advocates Say Seniors With Obamacare Need More Time To Switch To Medicare

Some people seeking Medicare penalty waivers have experienced delays at their local Social Security Administration offices.Justin Sullivan/Getty Imageshide caption

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Graham-Cassidy Health Bill Would Shift Funds From States That Expanded Medicaid

Sen. Lindsey Graham, second from left, speaks as Sen. John Barrasso, from left, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. John Thune and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell listen during a news briefing Tuesday.Alex Wong/Getty Imageshide caption

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Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

Kathy Niakan, a developmental biologist at the Francis Crick Institute in London, used the CRISPR gene editing technique to find out how a gene affects the growth of human embryos.Courtesy of The Francis Crick Institutehide caption

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Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

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Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

Affordable Care Act navigators helped guide those looking for insurance during an enrollment event at San Antonio's Southwest General Hospital last year. Beyond helping with initial enrollment, navigators often follow up with help later, as an applicant's income or job status changes.Eric Gay/APhide caption

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Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Health Care For Millions

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (right), and Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania, listen during a health reform news conference on Capitol Hill last week.Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Imageshide caption

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Many Nursing Homes Aren't Prepared For Even Basic Emergencies

Nursing homes are required to have emergency plans and have staff practice evacuations, but many fail to meet even those basic requirements.Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Imageshide caption

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As Federal Government Cuts Obamacare Ads, Private Insurer Steps Up

Health insurance company Oscar has started its own ad campaign for the Affordable Care Act. These enrollment dates apply to New York state; the dates to enroll in federally run exchanges are Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.Oscar Healthhide caption

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As Federal Government Cuts Obamacare Ads, Private Insurer Steps Up

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Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety

While benzodiazepines and SSRI antidepressants are not risk-free, says Yale psychiatrist Kimberly Yonkers, "it should be reassuring that we're not seeing a huge magnitude of an effect here" on pregnancy.Hanna Barczyk for NPRhide caption

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Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety

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Teen Wants A Tattoo? Pediatricians Say Here's How To Do It Safely

Brian Keith Thompson, owner of the Body Electric tattoo and piercing studio in Hollywood, says he is relentless in enforcing hygiene standards.Courtesy of Body Electric Tattoohide caption

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Teen Wants A Tattoo? Pediatricians Say Here's How To Do It Safely

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After Hurricane Katrina, Many People Found New Strength

A Houston resident walks through waist-deep water while evacuating her home after severe flooding following Hurricane Harvey in north Houston.Win McNamee/Getty Imageshide caption

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After Hurricane Katrina, Many People Found New Strength

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Rural Hospitals Struggle To Stock Expensive Drugs That Could Save Lives

Lulabelle Berry surveys the 600 acres she and her husband, Jimmy, own in the Ozarks near Mountain View, Ark. Berry walks laps on her porch to aid her recovery from a stroke. She says she's grateful for the drug that saved her life. "It's been a good life," she says.Sarah Jane Tribble for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Rural Hospitals Struggle To Stock Expensive Drugs That Could Save Lives

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Get Ready! Medicare Will Mail New Cards to 60 Million People

The new Medicare cards (right) will not use Social Security numbers for identification. Instead, they will have random sequences of letters and numbers.Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services /APhide caption

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