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Generic Drug Prices Increase

Generic drugs may not be the bargain they once were, with some prices rising as competition diminishes. The New York Times reported July 9 that the price of the common generic heart medicine digoxin, for example, has skyrocketed from pennies per pill to more than $1 per pill in some cases. Digoxin has been known […]

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How to Improve Food Nutrition Labels

A pair of leading health experts say that current and proposed food labeling requirements don’t do enough to inform consumers about whether food is healthy, the Associated Press reported July 17. Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner David Kessler and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official William H. Dietz are among […]

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Mayo Clinic Tops List of Best U.S. Hospitals

If you can comparison shop for groceries, you should be able to do so for healthcare services. The latest ranking of the nation’s best hospitals from U.S. News and World Report can help. CNN reported July 15 that the annual rankings are based on treatment of life-threatening or rare conditions, factoring in metrics on patient survival […]

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Menu Calorie Information Gets Noticed

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 57 percent of Americans are using calorie information listed on restaurant menus, and that women are especially mindful of the information. Time reported July 10 that the menu information was required under a 2010 federal law. Past studies have cast doubt on whether the […]

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Waxed Apples and Other Food ‘Enhancements’

Even the most basic food isn’t simply harvested, stuck in a box, and sent to the market, Health reported July 5. For cosmetic, health, or marketing reasons, most food items undergo at least minimal processing before they land in your shopping cart. For example: Some fruit and vegetables — notably apples and cucumbers — are […]

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Most People Who Signed Up for ACA Get Subsidies

Government data show that 87 percent of the 5.4 million people who signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) qualified for some level of subsidy to purchase insurance, CNN/Money reported June 18. The average subsidy for those who enrolled via the Healthcare.gov website is $265 per month, according to the Department […]

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Keep These Foods Out of Your Fridge

Did you know that you shouldn’t refrigerate your tomatoes? Women’s Health reported June 23 that refrigeration alters the texture and flavor of tomatoes, and that’s just one of the foods that don’t belong in the fridge. Others include: melons: they will lose antioxidants potatoes: become gritty and change flavor onions: can get moldy and mushy […]

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Device Arms Users for Financial Health

Could something you wear on your wrist help you balance your checkbook and keep on top of your finances? That’s the idea behind the Token, a wearable “Fitbit” type device that tracks your financial health rather than your physical fitness. BusinessWeek reported June 17 that the Token — a device still in the concept phase […]

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Low Premiums Common for Subsidized ‘Obamacare’ Enrollees

Nearly half of individuals eligible for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are paying less than $50 per month for health insurance, and 69 percent pay under $100 per month, NBC News reported June 18. Overall, 87 percent of Americans who purchased healthcare coverage through the ACA’s national insurance exchange program at Healthcare.gov received […]

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U.S. Pushes Europe to Accept GMO Food

U.S.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is telling European leaders that their citizens “ought to have a choice” about whether to purchase food products that have been bioengineered, the New York Times reported June 18. The comments come as the U.S. and Europe negotiate an international agricultural trade agreement. European nations have long been resistant to genetically […]

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