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Abu Dhabi Gives $150 Million To Children's National Medical Center

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Hospital leaders say the donation is the largest amount ever given for pediatric surgery.

Dr. Kurt Newman is the hospital's surgeon-in-chief. He says the center will make operations more precise, less invasive and less painful.

Doctors diagnosed Jessica Gregory with the birth defect Spina Bifida before she was born. She's 10 now, and has already had four surgeries to help her spine. After each one, she says she would lie in her hospital bed and push the button for morphine, hoping the pain would go away. Gregory says she knows eliminating pain is a long shot. But if anyone can do it, she says, the people at Children's can.

Children's hospital named the new Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation after the founder and former president of the United Arab Emirates.

Jessica Gould reports...

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

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