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In the U.S., firearms kill more people through suicide than homicide. Joe Raedle/Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Licensed practical nurse Stephanie Dotson measures Kent Beasley's blood pressure in downtown Atlanta in September. Dotson is a member of the Mercy Care team that works to bring medical care to Atlanta residents who are homeless. Bita Honarvar for WABE hide caption

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They Bring Medical Care To The Homeless And Build Relationships To Save Lives

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Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacterium, which appears to block transmission of dengue fever and other mosquito-borne viruses. Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Infecting Mosquitoes With Bacteria Could Have A Big Payoff

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Samples of Silestone, a countertop material made of quartz. Cutting the material releases dangerous silica dust that can damage people's lungs if the exposure to the dust is not properly controlled. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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'It's Going To Get Worse': How U.S. Countertop Workers Started Getting Sick

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Enrollment help was plentiful for insurance sign-ups in the early years of the Affordable Care Act, such as at this clinic in Bear, Del., in 2014. Though the Trump administration has since slashed the outreach budget, about 930,000 people have signed up for ACA health plans so far this year. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The brain analyzes changes in sound volume to detect syllables and make sense of speech. filo/Getty Images hide caption

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The Loudness Of Vowels Helps The Brain Break Down Speech Into Syl-La-Bles

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Sandra King Young runs Medicaid in American Samoa, a U.S. territory that faces dramatic funding cuts to islanders' health care unless Congress acts. "This is the United States' shame in the islands," she says. Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR hide caption

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America's 'Shame': Medicaid Funding Slashed In U.S. Territories

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As part of a clinical trial to treat sickle cell disease, Victoria Gray (center) has vials of blood drawn by nurses Bonnie Carroll (left) and Kayla Jordan at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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A Filipino man uses an e-cigarette outside a Manila mall in 2016. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced Tuesday a total ban on vaping products. Aaron Favila/AP hide caption

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A demonstrator celebrated outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 after the court voted to uphold key tax subsidies that are part of the Affordable Care Act. But federal taxes and other measures designed to pay for the health care the ACA provides have not fared as well. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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As part of a clinical trial to treat sickle cell disease, Victoria Gray (center) has vials of blood drawn by nurses Bonnie Carroll (left) and Kayla Jordan at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Gene-Edited 'Supercells' Make Progress In Fight Against Sickle Cell Disease

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Attendees hold "We Vape, We Vote" signs ahead of a Trump rally last month in Dallas. The politics surrounding vaping and industry pushback against regulation appear to have derailed the Trump administration's plan to ban the sales of many vaping products. Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Kathy Kleinfeld opened Houston Women's Reproductive Services, which offers medication abortions, because she saw a need for more flexible scheduling. Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT hide caption

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For Supporters Of Abortion Access, Troubling Trends In Texas

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Australian airline Qantas is exploring new nonstop flights that would be the world's longest — but 19-plus hours on a plane can be taxing for those on board. Qantas hide caption

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