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Within the span of two months in 2015, four children living in or near Waycross, GA were diagnosed with similar types of very rare and aggressive cancers. Three of the four have the very same cancer, and one little girl had a kind that’s even more rare. She recently lost her battle with the disease.

Their families and the community are still struggling to find out why and what, if anything, is being done to make sure other people don’t get sick.

Jessica Stefonik is grinning. She's got a bounce in her step. Her cheeks are a little puffy and her speech is a bit thick.

"It feels weird right now, but I'll get used to it," she says.

What she's trying to get used to is the feeling of having teeth.

On the day we met, Stefonik, a mom of three from Mosinee, Wis., got a set of dentures to replace all of her upper teeth, which she lost over many years to disease and decay.

Stefonik is just 31 years old.

The battle continues to rage between drug companies that are trying to make as much money as possible and insurers trying to drive down drug prices. And consumers are squarely in the middle.

That's because, increasingly, prescription insurers are threatening to kick drugs off their lists of approved medications if the manufacturers won't give them big discounts.

Healthy young women can be forgiven for being confused about how often they're supposed to be getting in to see their primary care doctor.

With recent reports that drugmakers have sharply raised the prices of some prescription drugs, a reader has written in to ask why a common generic drug is also suddenly costing him more. Another reader has questions about health plans with high deductibles. Here are those readers' questions, and what I've learned about the answers.

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It's Friday! That means it's time to head into The Breakroom. We discuss Pokémon Go, betting on celebrity breakups, and a highway sponsored by the KKK. 

Then, we continue our roundtable discussion with some of Georgia’s smartest folks. We talk about the older generation paying for music, what foods are actually healthy, and the diversity of new comic book heroes. 

This week's Breakroom is:

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association

Breastfeeding rates are significantly lower among African-American mothers compared with white and Hispanic mothers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We examine how different populations commonly respond when faced with the option to breastfeed a child.

Task Force for Global Health

I think that global public health workers are some of the most inspiring and dedicated professionals I’ve ever encountered. That’s probably why I’ve invited a number of them to sit down over the past couple of years for interviews for “Two Way Street.”

Fatter paychecks, slimmer health insurance.

A recent survey found 1 in 5 people with employer-based coverage prefer fewer health benefits if it would mean a bump up for wages. That's double the proportion who said they'd make that choice in 2012.

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Something horrible is happening in Waycross, Georgia. Four area children were diagnosed with rare forms of cancer last year.

"Healthy" Soda Marketing | Super Bowls & Cities | Tasers On Campus

Feb 22, 2016

Soda companies have devised a defense against sin taxes and criticism about the health effects of their products. Duane Stanford of Beverage Digest tells us how the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company has evolved in its marketing to attract more health conscious consumers. Plus, is hosting a Super Bowl worth it economically for host cities? And one lawmaker hopes to convince those who don't want guns on public college campuses to allow students to carry tasers and other forms of stun guns.

Full Show - February 22, 2016

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