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North Philadelphia resident Katherine Camacho expressed interest in becoming a "trusted messenger" with the opioid crisis outreach team when a canvasser approached her at her home. Kimberly Paynter/WHYY hide caption

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Blastocyst illustration. A blastocyst is a hollow ball of cells with a fluid centre formed after several divisions of a fertilised cell (zygote). The inner cell mass (purple) contains the cells that will form the embryo proper, the embryonic stem cells (ESCs). Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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In light of the Alabama court ruling, a look at the science of IVF

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Sunita Kumari Chaudhary weaves a dinner table mat with ropes once used by climbers in the Himalayas. She and her fellow craftswomen are part of a small start-up project in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, to repurpose Everest trash. Tanka Dhakal for NPR hide caption

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Julie and her brother Steven Petrow. Petrow says she called him "her number one researcher and an instigator," because he helped her navigate the medical system. Petrow family hide caption

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Drug-related street crime in Portugal has dropped along with overdoses. "There's an impression in the U.S. that if you decriminalize drugs, it's a wild west," said Miguel Moniz at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. "That hasn't been the case in Portugal." Brian Mann/NPR hide caption

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An illustration of the blastocyst stage of embryo development at about five to nine days after fertilization. The outer layer will grow to form the placenta. The inner cells will become the fetus. Juan Gaertner/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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The science of IVF: What to know about Alabama's 'extrauterine children' ruling

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At a one-day workshop run by the Care School for Men in Bogotá, Colombia, male medical students at Sanitas University learn how to cradle a baby. This class of participants consists of medical students, but the usual enrollees are dads of all types. Ben de la Cruz/NPR hide caption

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A case of bronchitis in 2014 left Sanna Stella, a therapist who lives in the Chicago area, with debilitating fatigue. Stacey Wescott/Tribune News Service via Getty Images hide caption

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Clues to a better understanding of chronic fatigue syndrome emerge from a major study

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An Alabama Supreme Court Ruling that classifies frozen embryos as "extrauterine children" has led to uncertainty for IVF patients and clinics in the state. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), her medical care team announced Thursday. Here, Williams attends the world premiere of Apple TV+'s The Morning Show in New York on Oct. 28, 2019. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP hide caption

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Left: President Joe Biden delivers remarks to the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference on Feb. 12 in Washington. Right: Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and 2024 Republican presidential candidate, during a bus tour campaign event in South Carolina on Feb. 21. Evan Vucci/AP; Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Mexican health authorities suspended operation at this medical clinic in Matamoros, Tamaulipas after reports that a number of cosmetic surgery patients were exposed to a potentially deadly fungal meningitis. Twelve patients with probable or confirmed cases died. Abraham Pineda/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Alexis Ratcliff attends her 18th birthday party at the hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. She is a quadriplegic who uses a ventilator and has lived at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist since she was 13. Susan Ratcliff hide caption

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A hospital is suing to move a quadriplegic 18-year-old to a nursing home. She says no

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Tim Lillard at the home he and his late wife, Ann Picha-Lillard, shared in suburban southeast Michigan. Since her death in 2022, Lillard has made it his mission to pass the Safe Patient Care Act, which would create mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios in Michigan hospitals. Beth Weiler/Michigan Public hide caption

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Palestinian children wait to collect food at a donation point in a refugee camp in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on December 23, 2023. Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Humanitarian crises abound. Why is the U.N. asking for less aid money than last year?

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Aides to Gov. Brian Kemp recently sent word to lawmakers he was skeptical of an expansion of the state's Medicaid program, pouring cold water on a push earlier in the session to provide health coverage for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians. Arvin Temkar/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS/ABACA via Reuters Connect hide caption

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E-bike use is increasing quickly, but many people do not wear helmets. And head injuries from e-bike accidents are rising fast too, a study in JAMA Surgery shows. Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The decision stems from a case brought by three couples that had pursued in vitro fertilization treatment. Sang Tan/AP hide caption

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How Alabama's ruling that frozen embryos are 'children' could impact IVF

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Frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Florida. The Alabama Supreme Court ruling stems from wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic in the state. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Alabama's largest hospital says it is halting IVF treatments in wake of court ruling

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Julie Silverman had a very rare condition that went undiagnosed for years. Julie Silverman hide caption

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No one could figure out the cause of her cough. Then a nurse practitioner had an idea

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