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While essential staff at the US National Institutes of Health continues to care for patients at the Clinical Center during the federal government shut down, new patients will not be admitted unless it is "medically necessary," NPR writes. Patients coming to the center often have cancer, a rare genetic disease, or an infection that hasn't been successfully treated elsewhere.

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