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The most common cause of dwarfism is a condition called achondroplasia. It is a birth defect that affects bone growth, especially in the arms and legs. Photographer Lourdes Segade followed children who suffer from the disorder and underwent a painful limb-lengthening procedure to help them become taller.

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Health • Lourdes Segade • Portraits • World
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Teen pregnancy is often talked about in the negative — and as an accident. But Rome-based photographer Stephanie Gengotti knows several young mothers who, despite financial and social challenges, intentionally started their families early.

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Health • Italy • Pregnancy and Childbirth • Stephanie Gengotti • World

Fewer children with Down syndrome are being born in Denmark since 2006, when prenatal screening was first introduced for the genetic condition. The statistics surprised Mario Wezel, a German photographer who moved to Denmark for a year to study at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.

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Down Syndrome • Health • Mario Wezel • World
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Photographer Eugene Ellenberg's father was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer in July 2013. After the diagnosis, Eugene documented his dying father’s last days with his camera phone. In these photos, the family was able to say goodbye.

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Black-and-white • Cancer • Eugene Ellenberg • Health • iPhone • Portraits

More than 4,500 miles separate the small Finnish village of Kuusamo, where photographer Meeri Koutaniemi grew up, and Kenya’s Maasai villages, where she ended up chronicling the lives of women who had experienced or escaped genital mutilation and child marriage.

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Africa • Health • Kenya • Meeri Koutaniemi • Portraits • World
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When Chen Liyan was just 1 year old, her mother abandoned her and her father, who now suffers from serious pulmonary tuberculosis. Despite her young age, Liyan has taken the role of caretaker for her ailing father. Photographer Jia DaiTengFei captures her enduring essence in his project “Smile to Life.”

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Asia • China • Health • Jia DaiTengFei • World
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Photographer Zed Nelson's “Love Me” is a collection of portraits from 17 countries on five continents. The people he photographed are all in pursuit of body improvement, a “new religion” that cultivates an obsession with the validity of appearance, he said.

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Health • Photo Book • Portraits • World • Zed Nelson
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Ramón Ruiz began to follow the story of Debbie and Milton. Debbie was not only Milton’s wife, but his caregiver of 15 years as he battled Parkinson’s disease. None of them knew that 2012, the year Milton turned 80, would be his last.

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Black-and-white • Health • Parkinson’s disease • Ramón Ruiz • U.S.
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