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Sutures With A Soundtrack: Music Can Ease Pain, Anxiety Of Surgery

Most studies of music's ability to ease pain have been small. But an analysis pooling the best research builds a strong case, doctors say, that a dose of music reduces the need for painkilling pills.
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'Defunding' Planned Parenthood Is Easier Promised Than Done

Some Republican candidates for president claim they have defunded Planned Parenthood in their states already. But the truth, others say, depends on how you define "defund."
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Not Everybody Likes Kissing

A passionate kiss may make you swoon, but many cultures don't do it, anthropologists say. And some cultures find such lip-locks downright disgusting.
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Whistleblower Says Medicare Advantage Plans Padded Charges In Home Visits

Medicare Advantage health plans are privately run, but reimbursed by Medicare. A Texas lawsuit claims that, to inflate charges, 30 Advantage plans in 15 states exaggerated how sick patients were.
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Some Cultures Treat Menstruation With Respect

Donald Trump has created a "menstruation moment" with his apparent implication (later denied) that a Fox News anchor who asked tough questions was having her period.
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Protein Goes Green: Can Algae Become The Next Soy?

Some companies think microalgae could be the alternative protein of the future, but can it top plant proteins?
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Doctor Recalls Facing Cadavers, Mortality In Gross Anatomy Lab

Eleven years ago, NPR's Melissa Block followed a group of first-year medical students in one gross anatomy lab as they confronted cadavers and mortality. She checks back in with one of those students.
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I'm An Obstetrician And I Failed At Breast-Feeding

She knew that breast is best. So when she couldn't breast-feed her children, she felt she had failed as a mother and a doctor. Until a wise pediatrician gave her permission to stop.
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Women In Combat Zones Can Have Trouble Getting Contraceptives

Fifteen percent of active duty service members are women, and 97 percent of those women are of childbearing age. So why is it still tough for many to get refills of contraceptives when deployed?
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One Man's Quest To Combat Counterfeit Drugs — With A Suitcase

Fake and shoddy medications kill about 100,000 people around the world each year. Many "drugs" are no more than just chalk or water. An engineer in Boston is trying to change that.

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