Not covered by Obamacare, but still sweet. Cristian Baitg/iStockphoto hide caption

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Statin drugs to lower cholesterol have become among the most widely prescribed prescription medications in the United States. Bill Gallery/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Before filling one of these tubes with blood for a cholesterol test, you're supposed to keep your stomach empty. But that may not be necessary. Nancy Louie/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The latest subject in standardized tests for kids: cholesterol. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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