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When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

In a study of nearly 5,600 U.S. youths ages 12 to 17, about 6 percent say they've engaged in some sort of digital self-harm. More than half in that subgroup say they've bullied themselves this way more than once.Jasmin Merdan/Getty Imageshide caption

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Texas Disability Group Wants Victims' Voices Heard In Gun Debate

Susan Nelson, author and public speaker on brain injury awareness and gun safety, at her home in Austin, Texas. Nelson survived a point-blank gunshot to the head in 1993.Gabriel C. Perez/KUThide caption

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Texas Disability Group Wants Victims' Voices Heard In Gun Debate

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How Medicare's Conflicting Hospitalization Rules Cost Me Thousands Of Dollars

Catherine Fitzgerald, the author's mother, spent four nights in a hospital after falling in her home. But Medicare refused to pay for her rehab care, saying she had only been an inpatient for one night.Alison Kodjak/NPRhide caption

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Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

Ogechi Ukachu, one of the registered nurses recently hired to help staff D.C.'s "Right Care Right Now" program, takes a training call at the city's 911 call center.Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPRhide caption

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Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

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Gene Therapy For Inherited Blood Disorder Reduced Transfusions

Researchers used a gene-carrying virus to fix blood stem cells that were then used to treat patients with beta-thalassemia.Power and Syred/Science Photo Library/Getty Imageshide caption

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How People Learned To Recognize Monkey Calls Reveals How We All Make Sense Of Sound

How do we make sense of all that chatter?Ilana Kohn/Getty Imageshide caption

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How People Learned To Recognize Monkey Calls Reveals How We All Make Sense Of Sound

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In A Puerto Rican Mountain Town, Hope Ebbs As The Hardship Continues

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, restorations are being made to a roof in Castañer, a village in Puerto Rico's central mountains. But recovery is slow.Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health Newshide caption

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In A Puerto Rican Mountain Town, Hope Ebbs As The Hardship Continues

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Federal Appeals Court Finds State's Drug Price-Gouging Law Unconstitutional

Maryland's overturned law restricted the price of generic drugs, and had been hailed as a model for other states. It's one of a number of state initiatives designed to combat rapidly rising drug prices.Towfiqu Photography/Getty Imageshide caption

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New York City Mice Carry Bacteria That Can Make People Sick

Mice may be adorable, but the droppings and the bacteria they contain, not so much.Mchugh Tom/Science Source/Getty Imageshide caption

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New York City Mice Carry Bacteria That Can Make People Sick

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Medicare Advisers Recommend Payment Cuts To Many Free-Standing ERs

Free-standing ERs tend to have lower standby costs than hospital-based facilities that have to be ready to treat dire injuries. But the free-standing ERs typically receive the same Medicare rate for emergency services.sshepard/Getty Imageshide caption

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Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients And Doctors

The drug test developed by Aegis Sciences checks urine samples to help doctors determine if their patients are taking their blood pressure medicine.Blake Farmer/WPLNhide caption

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Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients And Doctors

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Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

University of Puget Sound chemist Dan Burgard keeps a freezer full of archived samples from two wastewater treatment plants in western Washington in case he needs to rerun the samples or analyze a specific drug he didn't test for the first time.Dan Burgardhide caption

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Senate Bill Aims to Broaden Access To Hearing Services

Under current law, Medicare requires patients to get a referral before seeing an audiologist to diagnose hearing loss.Leyla B / EyeEm/Getty Imageshide caption

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Make Room For Baby: After Giving Birth, Duckworth Presses Senate To Bend Rules

Sen. Tammy Duckworth walks across stage at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. She is the first senator to give birth while serving in office.Alex Wong/Getty Imageshide caption

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PrEP Campaign Aims To Block HIV Infection And Save Lives In D.C.

At a recent National LGBTQ Task Force conference in Washington D.C., Luis Felipe Cebas (right) from Whitman-Walker Health, talks with Sarah Fleming about PrEP, the pre-exposure drug that can help protect against HIV infection.Tyrone Turner/ WAMUhide caption

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PrEP Campaign Aims To Block HIV Infection And Save Lives In D.C.

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Scientists Push Plan To Change How Researchers Define Alzheimer's

Plaques located in the gray matter of the brain are key indicators of Alzheimer's disease.Cecil Fox/Science Sourcehide caption

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Scientists Push Plan To Change How Researchers Define Alzheimer's

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Bill Of The Month: A Tale Of 2 CT Scanners — One Richer, One Poorer
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Bill Of The Month: A Tale Of 2 CT Scanners — One Richer, One Poorer

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Medical Marijuana's 'Catch-22': Limits On Research Hinder Patient Relief

Melodie Beckham (left), here with her daughter, Laura, had metastatic lung cancer and chose to stop taking medical marijuana after it failed to relieve her symptoms. She died a few weeks after this photo was taken.Melissa Bailey/Kaiser Health Newshide caption

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