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An Alternative To Foster Care For Babies Born To Opioid-Addicted Moms

Kelly Zimmerman holds her son Jaxton Wright at a parenting session at the Children's Health Center in Reading, Pa. The free program provides resources and social support to new parents in recovery from addiction, or who are otherwise vulnerable.Natalie Piserchio for NPRhide caption

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An Alternative To Foster Care For Babies Born To Opioid-Addicted Moms

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After An Overdose, Patients Aren't Getting Treatments That Could Prevent The Next One

Yvette and Scott, both recovering heroin users, now take methadone daily from a clinic in the Southend of Boston.Jesse Costa/WBURhide caption

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After An Overdose, Patients Aren't Getting Treatments That Could Prevent The Next One

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'Cutting Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

Stephanie and Natalie enrolled their older son in sessions at a Brain Balance Achievement Center in the hope that it would help him make friends.Hokyoung Kim for NPRhide caption

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'Cutting Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

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Results Of At-Home Genetic Tests For Health Can Be Hard To Interpret

Rita Steyn has a family history of cancer so she ordered a home genetic testing kit to see if she carried certain genetic mutations that increase the risk for the disease.Courtesy of Rita Steynhide caption

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Results Of At-Home Genetic Tests For Health Can Be Hard To Interpret

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Stay-At-Home Dads Still Struggle With Diapers, Drool, Stigma And Isolation
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Stay-At-Home Dads Still Struggle With Diapers, Drool, Stigma And Isolation

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Does Vitamin D Really Protect Against Colorectal Cancer?

A serving of salmon contains about 600 IUs of vitamin D, researchers say, and a cup of fortified milk around 100. Cereals and juices are sometimes fortified, too. Check the labels, researchers say, and aim for 600 IUs daily, or 800 if you're older than 70.Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images/Dorling Kindersleyhide caption

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Does Vitamin D Really Protect Against Colorectal Cancer?

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U.S. Suicide Rates Are Rising Faster Among Women Than Men

Helping those who are suffering know they are not alone is one step toward suicide prevention, researchers say.Veronica Grech/Getty Imageshide caption

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U.S. Suicide Rates Are Rising Faster Among Women Than Men

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Errors Trigger Retraction Of Study On Mediterranean Diet's Heart Benefits

Flaws in a study of the Mediterranean diet led to a softening of its conclusions about health benefits. But don't switch to a diet of cotton candy just yet.Westend61/Getty Imageshide caption

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Medicare Takes Aim At Boomerang Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Patients

Deborah Ann Favorite holds a photograph of her mother, Elaine Essa. A nursing home and Essa's primary care practice paid to settle a lawsuit brought by the family.Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health Newshide caption

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1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression

Americans are increasingly taking multiple drugs. And depression is a potential side effect of many of them.Glasshouse Images/Getty Imageshide caption

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1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression

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Trump's Redirection Of Family Planning Funds Could Undercut STD Fight

Staff members hold an informal meeting before opening the STD free clinic in February in Portland, Maine. The CDC recorded more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis nationally in 2016 — the highest number of reported cases yet, officials say.Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Imageshide caption

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Doctors Told Not To Order Electrocardiograms For Low-Risk Patients

If you're at low risk for heart disease, an electrocardiogram shouldn't be a routine test for you, a panel of medical experts says.Bruno Boissonnet/Science Sourcehide caption

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'Where The Need Is': Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School

Patchen has been a midwife for twenty years and is the founder of the Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting or TAPP at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.Meredith Rizzo/NPRhide caption

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'Where The Need Is': Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School

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A Science Writer Explores The 'Perversions And Potential' Of Genetic Tests

CRISPR and other gene technology is exciting, but shouldn't be seen as a panacea for treating illness linked to genetic mutations, says science columnist and author Carl Zimmer. It's still early days for the clinical applications of research.Westend61/Getty Imageshide caption

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A Science Writer Explores The 'Perversions And Potential' Of Genetic Tests

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