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President-elect Trump has said a top priority is to freeze hiring for the federal government. But even those who support reducing the federal workforce say that a freeze can have unintended effects.

The prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias declined by almost 3 percent from 2000 to 2012, a study finds. That could be due to people getting more education, and better health overall.

"They'll continue to be wildly successful in the business world," Trump's former campaign manager told NPR's Audie Cornish, saying concerns about conflicts of interest are unfounded.

Donald Trump settled a class-action suit last week by Trump University customers, but several other pending cases could distract him after he takes office, analysts say.

Loneliness and social isolation can affect health for the worse. So a California hospital is training volunteers to provide companionship and friendly assistance.

Lung cancer affects mostly older people, but they're often not offered surgery as a treatment. A study finds that most older people can tolerate surgery, and that it extends lives.

Now that marijuana use is allowed in 28 states, it has opened up renewed questions about the drug as a pain reliever for people — including players in the National Football League.

Prosecutors in South Korea will question President Park on allegations of corruption and cronyism. The move comes in the wake of massive protests calling for the president to step down.

A young man from Nairobi has become the first African elected student body president at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He talks about the change from growing up in Kenya.

A prize-winning documentary in Brazil is highlighting a new trend in barbershops, where fresh hairstyles are mixing with changing ideas about gender and race.




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