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Dr. Janet Woodcock, testifying here before Congress in July, has been serving as acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since Jan. 20. Many public health leaders say letting the agency go so long without a permanent director has demoralized the staff and sends the wrong message about the agency's importance. Stefani Reynolds/AP hide caption

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The pandemic appears to have peaked or be on the verge of peaking, with cases projected to slowly decline this fall and winter. As recently as Sept. 8, people were waiting at COVID-19 testing site in Kentucky, where over 4,000 new cases were confirmed that day. Jeffrey Dean/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Is The Worst Over? Modelers Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March

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COVID booster shots are currently recommended for those 65 and up, as well as people who are immunocompromised. Emily Elconin/Getty Images hide caption

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Boosters Won't Make It To Everyone For Now, But Vaccines For Young Children Are Coming

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This combination of two undated photos released by Guinness World Records show sisters Umeno Sumiyama, left, and Koume Kodama at separate nursing homes in Shodoshima island, left, and Oita prefecture, Japan. Guinness World Records/AP hide caption

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Johnson & Johnson shared data from the Phase 3 trial of its booster shot on Tuesday indicating a booster shot at six months provided a 12-fold increase in antibodies. Eva Marie Uzctegui/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Illustration of antibodies (y-shaped) responding to an infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRA/Getty Images/Science Photo Libra hide caption

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How Long Does COVID Immunity Last Anyway?

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Everyday tasks — such as buttoning a shirt, opening a jar or brushing teeth — can suddenly seem impossible after a stroke that affects the brain's fine motor control of the hands. New research suggests starting intensive rehab a bit later than typically happens now — and continuing it longer — might improve recovery. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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The Best Time For Rehabilitation After A Stroke Might Actually Be 2 To 3 Months Later

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This photo made available by the Library of Congress shows a demonstration at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station in Washington during the influenza pandemic of 1918. Library of Congress/AP hide caption

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The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which has the potential to pose a serious challenge to Roe v. Wade. J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press hide caption

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A nurse holds a vial of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. Patrick Meinhardt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Afraid of Needles? You're Not Alone

Many people are afraid of needles in some capacity — about 1 in 10 experience a "high level" of needle fear, says clinical psychologist Meghan McMurtry. But that fear is often underrecognized or misunderstood. That's why today's show is all about needle fear: what it is, tools to cope, and why it's important to address beyond the pandemic.

Afraid of Needles? You're Not Alone

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According to the State Department, 14 au pair agencies operate in the U.S. These private companies are required to offer the child care workers who contract with them basic health coverage. But the plans often amount to emergency or travel insurance — not the kind of full coverage ACA health plans offer. Petri Oeschger/Getty Images hide caption

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Letmedhin Eyasu holds her one year-old son Zewila Gebru, who is suffering from malnutrition at a health center in Agbe, Ethiopia Monday, June 7, 2021. Mulugeta Ayene/AP hide caption

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People opposed to COVID-19 vaccines often embrace ivermectin, a drug they think is not getting the attention it deserves. Here, an anti-vaccination protester takes part in a rally against vaccine mandates last month in Santa Monica, Calif. Ringo Chiu/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A meeting of the table banking group at the home of a member. The photo is from 2019, when No Sex for Fish (and the village) were thriving. Julia Gunther for NPR hide caption

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