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Generics may not have the same cost-lowering power for specialty medicines, such as multiple sclerosis drugs, researchers find. That's true especially when other brand-name drugs are approved to treat a given disease before the first generic is approved. Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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When Heather Woock was conceived, her mom sought the help of a fertility specialist. What happened next was not what she was led to believe. But it took three decades for it to come to light. Leah Klafczynski for NPR hide caption

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Her Own Birth Was 'Fertility Fraud' And Now She Needs Fertility Treatment

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The Supreme Court will examine Trump administration regulations that allow employers to claim exemptions to the contraceptive insurance coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley appears in a video for The Root, the African American-focused online magazine, in which she reveals her bald head and talks about living with alopecia. Courtesy of The Root and G/O Media via AP hide caption

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Sepsis arises when the body overreacts to an infection, and blood vessels throughout the body become leaky. Researchers now estimate that about 11 million people worldwide died with sepsis in 2017 alone — that's about 20% of all deaths. Medic Image/Universal Images Gr/Getty Images hide caption

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Stealth Disease Likely To Blame For 20% Of Worldwide Deaths

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The mouse on the right has been engineered to have four times the muscle mass of a normal lab mouse. Se-Jin Lee/PLOS One hide caption

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Scientists Sent Mighty Mice To Space To Improve Treatments Back On Earth

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Teri Hines says she had a bout of depression during the lead up to menopause in her mid-40s. For many women, the lead-up to menopause can trigger mood issues. Hannah Yoon for NPR hide caption

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As Menopause Nears, Be Aware It Can Trigger Depression And Anxiety, Too

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Quitting smoking isn't easy, and while gum or a fidgeting device may not be a silver bullet, cravings can be linked to your daily routine. Thinking of a substitute behavior to use when a craving strikes is one tool that could help you quit. Andee Tagle and Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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How To Quit Smoking, With Help From Science

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A light micrograph of a primitive human embryo, composed of four cells, following the initial mitotic divisions that ultimately transform a single-cell organism into one composed of millions of cells. Science Photo Libra/Getty Images hide caption

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Embryo Research To Reduce Need For In Vitro Fertilization Raises Ethical Concerns

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Jennifer Ford of Oakham, Mass., went through serious postpartum depression after her second pregnancy. She got help from her obstetrician after he connected with a statewide program that supports doctors. Kieran Kesner for NPR hide caption

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'A Lifeline' For Doctors Helps Them Treat Postpartum Depression

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Smoke from bushfires shrouds the Melbourne city skyline. Hazardous breathing conditions prompted Australian Open officials to suspend practice sessions on Tuesday. Daniel Pockett/Getty Images hide caption

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As Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate again on Tuesday night, health care proposals are likely to come up, as they did during the November 20 debate. Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., (left) Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., (right) will be among the candidates debating. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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The Food And Drug Administration reviews new drugs for approval much faster than it used to, but changes in the agency's standards have drawn questions. Michael J. Ermarth/FDA hide caption

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FDA Approves Drugs Faster Than Ever But Relies On Weaker Evidence, Researchers Find

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Dr. John Dunlap runs a direct primary care practice in Overland Park, Kan., offering patients direct access to him by phone and longer appointment times. The model is similar to concierge medicine. Barrett Emke for NPR hide caption

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'Concierge' Medicine Gets More Affordable But Is Still Not Widespread

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