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With Zika in Miami, What Should Pregnant Women Across The U.S. Do?

Federal health officials are cautioning pregnant travelers to avoid a Miami neighborhood where at least 14 cases of the virus have been traced to local mosquitoes. What about the rest of Florida?
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Patients Seek Out Alternatives To Opioids In Treatment Of Chronic Pain

Opioids are often considered mandatory for treatment of chronic pain, but many patients would prefer an alternative. Doctors say those alternatives may also work better in some cases.
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FDA-Approved Knock-Offs Of Biotech Drugs Could Safely Save Big Bucks

Drugs that consist of proteins and antibodies typically made by living organisms represent the new frontier in drug industry competition.
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Zika Virus Spreads More Rapidly In Puerto Rico

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with New York Times science and health reporter Donald McNeil Jr. about the status of the Zika epidemic in Puerto Rico. McNeil Jr. reports that while there are around 5,500 confirmed infections, the actual numbers are far greater, and many residents are highly skeptical of the government's actions to combat the virus.
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At Least 10 More People Contract Zika In Florida

Mosquitoes have infected at least 10 more people with Zika in Miami, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend pregnant women avoid the area and triggering a request from the state of Florida for help from the CDC.
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Many More People Seek Medical Help For Opioid Abuse

Insurance claims for medical services related to opioid dependence rose more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014, a study finds, suggesting that opioid problems have gone mainstream.
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A Soldier-Scientist's Insights Expand Understanding Of Brain Injuries

Harvard researcher Kit Parker put his academic career on hold to serve in the Army in Afghanistan. When he returned from war, he made a discovery that changed our understanding of brain injuries.
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Denied Coverage For Surgery, Transgender Man Sues His Insurance Provider

A transgender man in Phoenix is suing his employer in federal court to pay for sex reassignment surgery. The costs of the procedures are substantial; insurance plans only recently began covering them.
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As Trampoline Parks Jump In Popularity, So Do Injuries

Injuries at the indoor parks are still dwarfed by injuries on home trampolines. But researchers warn that the parks seem to result in more serious injuries that can require admission to the hospital.
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'It's Jarred My Soul': Prosecutor Speaks On Flint Lead Water Crisis

Special prosecutor Todd Flood talks about his investigation into tainted water in Flint, Mich., including allegations that there was a cover-up. Nine people have been criminally charged so far.

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