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Surface stains from things like coffee, tea, tobacco and red wine can be lightened with routine brushing, flossing and professional cleaning in the dental office. But deeper stains that come with age and damage to the tooth require bleaching agents or veneers. Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption

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Navigating The 'Aisle Of Confusion' To Whiten Your Teeth

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Your diet can influence your appearance. You knew that. But did you know that what you eat can also affect your body odor and your attractiveness to the opposite sex? Lilli Carré for NPR hide caption

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Men, Listen Up: Women Like The Smell Of Guys Who Eat A Certain Diet

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At his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday President Trump called the opioid epidemic a national emergency and said his administration was drawing up papers to make it official. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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What Could Happen If Trump Formally Declares Opioids A National Emergency

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The number of Americans who drink — and the number of Americans who drink to excess — increased between 2002 and 2013, according to a new study. b-duss/Flickr hide caption

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After a briefing Tuesday on the opioid crisis, President Trump remarked on its severity but did not offer many specifics on tackling the problem. Two days later, he said his administration would declare a national emergency. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Some States Say Declaring An Emergency Has Helped In The Opioid Fight

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Psychologist Jean Twenge says smartphones have brought about dramatic shifts in behavior among the generation of children who grew up with the devices. Image Source/Getty Images hide caption

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How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

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Women work on strengthening their core abdominal muscles in Leah Keller's exercise class for new moms, inside a San Francisco clothing store called Monkei Miles. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day

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Shannon McGrath, pictured with her son Rayder, says it has been a lot easier to make her medical appointments recently, thanks to help from a "patient navigator" — assigned to her by Kaiser Permanente — who arranged McGrath's transportation. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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Your ZIP Code Might Be As Important To Health As Your Genetic Code

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Andrea Towson used heroin for more than three decades. After a near-death experience with fentanyl, she sought help. Shelby Knowles/NPR hide caption

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'That Fentanyl — That's Death': A Story Of Recovery In Baltimore

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Proper eye protection is a must for anyone looking up at a solar eclipse. Eclipse glasses are far darker than regular sunglasses. Joseph Okpako/Getty Images hide caption

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Planning To Watch The Eclipse? Here's What You Need To Protect Your Eyes

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