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Australia To Stop Payments To Families Who Refuse Child Vaccinations

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says that starting in 2016, welfare payments and childcare rebates will be cut off to families that take a "conscientious objector" exemption to avoid immunizations.

What Could Go Wrong When Doctors Treat Their Own Kids?

There's a general rule against doctors treating family members and friends. The relationships can cloud their judgment. But the perils don't stop many doctors from trying.

Jonas Salk's Polio Vaccine Makes A Comeback

As it marks its 60th birthday, the injectable vaccine is still critical. It's "needed to end polio for good" is how Carol Pendak of Rotary's Polio Plus program puts it.

Working Through Depression: Many Stay On The Job, Despite Mental Illness

Sixteen million Americans had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Of that number, many struggle with whether and how to talk about their depression in the workplace.

'Nurse Jackie' Ends As TV's Most Honest Depiction Of Addiction

Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television's most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.

Eating To Break 100: Longevity Diet Tips From The Blue Zones

The centenarians living in Blue Zones aren't drinking Ensure or eating chocolate ice cream. Instead, many are drinking wine, and all are eating beans. But living to 100 isn't just about diet.

Compression Clothes' Advantage Could Be Placebo Effect

Manufacturers claim compression clothes improve athletic performance, but there is little scientific evidence to back that up. This story first aired March 30 on Morning Edition.

Former Ebola Fighters Feel As If They Get No Respect

Many Liberians who helped battle the virus weren't full-fledged health workers. Now that the outbreak has subsided, they feel forgotten, neglected and stigmatized.

Clam Cancer Spreads Along Eastern Seaboard

Renegade cells floating through seawater apparently cause the cancer, scientists say. Though people can't catch it, the malignancy might offer clues to how cancer cells spread in the human body.

Lunch, Not Landfill: Nonprofit Rescues Produce Rejected At U.S. Border

Each year, millions of pounds of Mexican produce are rejected just past the border even though it's tasty and edible. Instead of the landfill, it's now going to needy families across the U.S.