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In modern times, malaria is thought of as a tropical disease but evidence from ancient bones reveals a different narrative. Above: In Ambowuha, Ethiopia, Birtukan Demissie and her siblings are protected from mosquitoes that carry the disease with a bed net. Joining them is the family cat. Louise Gubb/Corbis Historical via Getty Images hide caption

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The abortion drug Mifepristone, which was approved by the FDA, is part of a two-drug regimen to induce an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. The Supreme Court's decision will keep the drug on sale for now. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Supreme Court rejects challenge to FDA's approval of mifepristone

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This illustration shows how the thin film of sensors could be applied to the brain before surgery. Courtesy of the Integrated Electronics and Biointerfaces Laboratory hide caption

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Brain sensor

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Wednesday

People participate in a mass yoga session on International Yoga Day in Times Square on June 21, 2023 in New York City. The CDC finds about 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. practice yoga. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A new study looks at the roles that African and European genetic ancestries can play in Black Americans' risk for some brain disorders. TEK Image/Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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African ancestry genes may be linked to Black Americans' risk for some brain disorders

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A proposed new rule would ban medical debt from credit reports. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images hide caption

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Medical debt announcement

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A heat dome that began in Mexico in May moved into the U.S. in early June causing sweltering temperatures. Michala Garrison/NASA Earth Observatory hide caption

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Tuesday

Pima County Medical Examiner Greg Hess at his office in Tucson, Ariz. Hess and another Arizona-based medical examiner are rethinking how to catalog and count heat-related deaths, a major step toward understanding the growing impacts of heat. Cassidy Araiza for NPR hide caption

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Climate Mortality - Coroners & Medical Examiners

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Nurses Lisa Stambolis and Ashley Gresh of the Neighborhood Nursing team talk with Percy Jones. Members of the nursing team visit his apartment building weekly, and Jones credits them with easing his worries about recovering from a hernia surgery when he couldn't get a timely appointment with his doctor. Dan Gorenstein/Tradeoffs hide caption

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Tradeoffs for Carmel (not NPR One audio)

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Monday

Catastrophic flash floods killed dozens of people in eastern Kentucky in July 2022. Here, homes in Jackson, Ky., are flooded with water. Arden S. Barnes/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Climate change is deadly. Exactly how deadly? Depends who's counting

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Tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and babesiosis are spreading in the U.S. Ladislav Kubeš/Getty Images hide caption

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Once called Nantucket fever, this nasty tick-borne illness is on the rise

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