Hand washing at California's Pacific Hospital, especially in the ICU, is now so routine that nurses complain their hands are chapped. Leah-Anne Thompson/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Marijuana buds for sale at the Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, Calif. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul while talking with supporters in Depew, N.Y., Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Hochul defeated Republican state Assemblywoman Jane Corwin on Tuesday night. David Duprey/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has only been in office since January, but he's already looking years ahead to what the state's health care system could look like. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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During a demonstration in Chicago, Jack Nugent (right), part of a group organized by Corporate Accountability International, urged a pedestrian to support his cause calling for McDonald's to retire Ronald McDonald in March 2010. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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