A micrograph shows red blood cells infected by the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. John C. Tan/AP hide caption

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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says there is a desperate need to have the Reagan-Udall Foundation up and running. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Surgical robots like this one are wildly expensive. Before the economic troubles began, investment in such high-tech medical devices was plentiful. Now, hospitals are looking for comparatively simple solutions to cut costs: streamline medical billing and even investing in $1 catheters that can save upwards of $50,000. Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The FDA hasn't approved a new weight-loss drug since 1999. In the meantime, Americans' waistlines have continued to grow. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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When it comes to taking up residence in your intestines, Clostridium difficile, like these, may get some help from common heartburn drugs. Janice Carr/CDC hide caption

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An artist on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach puts the final touches on a sand sculpture of the assassin bug, which spreads Chagas disease. The sculpture was part of an event in 2009 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the disease. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A customer walks out of a Walgreens store in New York City. Adam Rountree/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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