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Here’s Why You Should Get Medical Advice From a Real Doctor

Television talk-show hosts aren’t the most reliable source of medical information — even those with a “Dr.” before their name. The Washington Post reported Dec. 19 that a review of the information presented by Dr. Mehmet Oz on his popular daytime TV show found that more than half of his advice was either unsubstantiated by […]

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Walgreens Offers Virtual Doctor’s Appointments

The Walgreens pharmacy chain has launched an app that allows users to get a virtual doctor’s appointment for under $50, the Chicago Tribune reported Dec. 8. “Visits” with doctors contracted via MDLive can be conducted via smartphone, tablet, or computer. The new service is currently available to California and Michigan residents but will be expanded to […]

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More Hunger in U.S. Since Economy Turned Sour

About one in six Americans don’t get enough food to eat on a daily basis, and the problem of hunger has gotten worse since the 2007 economic crisis, according to the charity group Feeding America. NBC News reported Dec. 15 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that nearly 50 million Americans live in “food […]

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Healthcare Spending Rise Lowest on Record Last Year

The cost of healthcare in the U.S. is still growing, but the annual increase last year was the lowest ever despite Obamacare going into effect, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. NBC News reported Dec. 4 that while the U.S. continues to spend more per capita on healthcare than […]

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FDA Rules Require Calorie Info on Popcorn, Pizza

You probably suspected that movie popcorn is not a guilt-free snack, but soon the damning evidence — some of it, anyway — will be up there in lights at the snack stand. NBC News reports that new rules from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require calorie information to be posted on popcorn, […]

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A Quick Generational Primer on Finances

No matter how old you are, it’s never too early to get your financial house in order. NBC News relates financial advice you can use at every age of adulthood from finance coach Ashley Feinstein: In your teens, you should: Start building and protecting your credit rating. Avoid taking on debt, especially credit cards. Save […]

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Minnesota, Hawaii Top States for Healthy Senior Living

Many seniors flock to the sunny south when they retire, but the United Health Foundation finds that Minnesota is actually the healthiest state in the country for older adults. The 2014 American Senior Report says that Hawaii ranked second on the list, followed by New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. The least healthy states for seniors […]

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Alternative Medicine, Defined

The meaning of “convention medicine” and “mainstream medicine” seems pretty clear, but what exactly is “alternative medicine”? Writing for Newsmax Health on Oct. 31, cardiologist Chauncey Crandall, M.D., defines alternative medicine as “the use of non-mainstream approaches in place of conventional medicine,” noting that the term is used interchangeably with several others, including “natural medicine” […]

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Manage Your Liabilities for Better Financial Health

Getting your finances in better shape isn’t just about increasing earnings and savings — you also need to manage the debts you have, including credit cars and mortgages, Fox Business reported Oct. 27. “Managing your debt is important because it effects your ability to save,” notes Brad Bernstein, senior vice president at UBS.  “People don’t […]

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Food Security Improves for Americans

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that 17.2 percent of Americans struggled to pay for food in the past year, down from a peak of 18.9 percent in 2013. It’s also the first time that less that 18 percent of Americans cited food insecurity since 2008. Gallup researchers called the decline “a positive sign that the economic […]

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