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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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Despite being addictive and deadly, menthol cigarettes were long advertised as a healthy alternative to "regular" cigarettes — and heavily advertised to Black folks in cities. Jackie Lay/NPR hide caption

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Drug consumers line up outside of the SAOM van for a methadone cocktail and supplies in the city center of Porto, Portugal last spring. There are very few overdose deaths in the country where drug addiction is treated as an illness rather than a crime. Photo by Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post /Getty Images hide caption

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Over two dozen abortion-rights supporters attend a rally outside the South Carolina State House in Columbia, S.C., on Aug. 23, 2023. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled to uphold a law banning most abortions except those in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. James Pollard/AP hide caption

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'Something needs to change.' Woman denied abortion in South Carolina challenges ban

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Guillermo A. Santos on his high school graduation day in 2021, with his father, Guillermo Jose Santos. The elder Santos died later the same year of a drug overdose. The Santos-Honkala Family hide caption

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Prisoner and patient Alton Batiste, 72, in Angola's nursing unit in 2017. The prison had to change some of its rules when it introduced hospice, allowing inmates to touch each other, for instance. Annie Flanagan/Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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A scene from the Oscar-nominated documentary To Kill a Tiger, about the gang rape of a 13-year-old girl and how she and her father pursued justice even though many of the people in their village did not support their efforts — and even believed she should marry one of the rapists. Notice Pictures/National Film Board of Canada and Notice Pictures Inc. hide caption

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This tuna, chickpea and parmesan salad bowl packs a protein punch, which is crucial for building muscle strength. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption

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Millions of women are 'under-muscled.' These foods help build strength

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Health authorities have advised to avoid eating raw cheddar cheese, both in the shredded and block form, as well as in the original and jalapeño flavor, from the brand Raw Farm. The Food and Drug Administration hide caption

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