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Less than Perfect Produce, at Reduced Cost

Fruit and vegetables don’t have to be pretty to be nutritious and delicious. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported July 14 that the French supermarket chain Intermarche sells produce that normally would be thrown out because of cosmetic flaws in a special section of the store, and at a 30-percent discount. The company’s Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables initiative […]

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Healthcare Reform Benefits Nursing Moms at Work

Working women have the right to take time during the workday to breastfeed their children or express milk for later use, Reuters reported Aug. 5. According to the Affordable Care Act, employers must allow women to pump breast milk for a reasonable period of time and provide a private place (not a restroom) to do […]

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Walmart Opening Primary Care Clinics

Walmart has long offered pharmacy services and basic health screenings, but the giant discount retailer is now moving into the arena of providing direct healthcare services, the New York Times reported Aug. 8. The company has opened the first five of its new primary-care clinics in stores in South Carolina and Texas, with more planned. […]

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Uninsured Rates Drop Most in Most Proactive States

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has driven a 10-percent decline in the uninsured rate in Arkansas, the state with the biggest drop in its population lacking health insurance since the law took effect. Data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index show that 22.3 percent of Arkansans were uninsured in 2013, but that rate fell to 12.4 […]

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FDA Weighs Expanding Label Info on Added Sugar

Many foods have some natural sugar, but typically a lot more is added to processed foods by manufacturers. Public-health advocates say the public has the right to know which sweetener is coming from where, but food companies object to making such distinctions public. Reuters reported Aug. 4 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]

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Is Our Economic Outlook Slowly Brightening?

More Americans are seeing good in the U.S. economy, even if the overall consensus remains pessimistic. CNN reported Aug. 1 that 58 percent of Americans rate the economy as poor, while 41 percent see it as good. However, the percentage who see the economy in a positive light has been on a steady uphill climb […]

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Minnesota, Utah Top List of States with Best Healthcare Costs

How much bang you get for your healthcare buck is determined in part by where you live. Fox News reported July 30 that a new study from WalletHub ranked U.S. states by their return on investment (ROI) for healthcare dollars. According to the report, the states with the best ROI were: Minnesota Utah Kansas (Tie): […]

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Court Backs FDA on Rejection of Challenge to Livestock Antibiotic Use

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had the authority to reject two longstanding citizen challenges to its policy of allowing antibiotics to be administered to farm animals even when they are not sick, Reuters reported July 24. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming that the FDA […]

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Courts Take Different Stands on Obamacare Subsidies

Two U.S. appeals courts took different sides in cases centered on the legality of providing subsidies to consumers to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). NBC News reported July 23 that the court of appeals in Washington, D.C., ruled that under the letter of the ACA law, the subsidies could only be […]

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Obamacare Signup Tally: 10 Million People

More than 10 million previously uninsured Americans have signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new survey suggests. NBC News reported July 23 that researchers led by Benjamin Sommers of the Harvard School of Public Health found ”a significant decline in the uninsured rate among nonelderly adults that coincided with the initial […]

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