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U.S. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol Friday after a briefing on the debt ceiling. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The regulation of medical devices bears a passing resemblance to this giant version of the Rube Goldberg-style game Mouse Trap. Bill Ward/Flickr hide caption

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Presidential hopefuls Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who signed a pledge against abortion rights, and businessman Herman Cain, who has not, seen at the taping of a radio show in New Hampshire in May. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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Dr. Sandrine Courtial examines 3.5-month-old Ayline Alhas at the Centre de Protection Maternelle et Infantile (PMI) in Savigny-sur-Orge, France, before giving her a vaccination. Ayline's mother, Melissa, has been bringing her in for free well-child check-ups since her birth. Olivier Pascaud for NPR hide caption

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Egalite For Bebe? France's Free Child Clinics At Risk

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'Twelve Breaths': Lessons From The End Of Life

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History Shows Medicare Can Be Cut While Sparing Beneficiaries

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Exploring 'The Wild Life Of Our Bodies'

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Remodeling Hearts With Stem Cells

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Health insurance plans may soon have to offer prescription contraception at no upfront cost to women. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Medical Panel Recommends No-Cost Birth Control

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Doctors To Pregnant Women: Wait At Least 39 Weeks

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