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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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E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Romaine Lettuce Spreads To 16 States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a recent E. coli outbreak is linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Ariz. At least 53 people have reported illnesses, 31 have been hospitalized.David Goldman/APhide 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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Parents Lose Their Daughter And Their Life Savings To Opioids

Katy Sexton was a regular at the Road to Redemption recovery support group meetings in Muncie, Ind. She died on Halloween 2017.Seth Herald for NPRhide caption

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Parents Lose Their Daughter And Their Life Savings To Opioids

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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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Tammy Duckworth Brings Her Newborn To Senate Floor After Rule Change

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., arrives at the Capitol for a vote with her new daughter, Maile, on Thursday.J. Scott Applewhite/APhide caption

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Tammy Duckworth Brings Her Newborn To Senate Floor After Rule Change

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Anguished Families Shoulder The Biggest Burdens Of Opioid Addiction

Katiena Johnson stands with her daughter Destini, who was released from jail in August. Katiena and her husband, Roger, took care of their grandchildren while Destini was struggling through her addiction. Destini, 27, recently regained consciousness after suffering a dozen or so strokes as a result of her latest opioid overdose.Seth Herald for NPRhide caption

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What You Learn When You Put Smelly Socks In Front Of Mosquitoes

A mosquito's antenna responds to odors. Scientists are trying to figure out how the malaria parasite might trigger a change in body odor that draws in mosquitoes that carry the disease, like the Anopheles skeeter pictured above.BSIP/UIG/Getty Imageshide caption

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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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