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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it will cover screening and counseling for obesity as a free preventive service for Medicare beneficiaries. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Mitt Romney's Evolution On Abortion

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Science Diction: The Origin Of 'Stethoscope'

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The scarcity of ADHD medications is a problem faced by an untold number of children and adults with the disorder. GoodMood Enterprises/iStockphoto hide caption

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Shortage Of ADHD Drugs Has Parents, Doctors Scrambling

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At a Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas last month, Newt Gingrich got zinged by rival Mitt Romney for coming up with idea of an individual insurance mandate. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Gingrich's History On Health Care Gets An Exam

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Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry of Texas prepares to speak at a dinner in Bettendorf, Iowa, Monday. Two years ago Perry signed into Texas law an insurance mandate covering controversial tests for heart disease. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Many doctors and patients aren't discussing the health consequences of weight. iStockphoto hide caption

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Why Doctors And Patients Talk Around Our Growing Waistlines

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Wal-Mart's Dr. John Agwunobi (left) said in a statement that the company won't be "building a national, integrated, low-cost primary care health care platform." Even so, the leaves plenty of room for the retailer to pursue an expansion of health care services at its stores. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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