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Obama in ‘excellent health,’ physician says

FILE — In an Oct. 20, 2011 file photo President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama is directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages, an escalating problem that has placed patients at risk and raised the possibility of price gouging. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/file)

FILE — In an Oct. 20, 2011 file photo President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama is directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages, an escalating problem that has placed patients at risk and raised the possibility of price gouging. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is in excellent health and tobacco free, his doctor said Monday in the results of the president’s second physical exam since taking office.

In the two-page report released by the White House, Dr. Jeffrey C. Kuhlman also said Obama is physically active, eats a healthy diet, stays at a healthy weight, and on occasion drinks alcohol in moderation.

“The president is in excellent health and ‘fit for duty,’” Kuhlman wrote. “All clinical data indicate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.”

The physical was conducted last week at the White House. Kuhlman recommended that the president have his next physical in December 2012.

The report found a “well-healed lower lip laceration” — apparently a reference to an injury Obama sustained while playing basketball about a year ago.

The president also has “periodic physical therapy” to deal with recurrent upper back pain, and he had benign skin tags removed from his neck.

Associated Press

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