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Study Says Medicare Prescription Flaws Costs $5 Billion

(MCT) — Researchers have known for years that low-income Medicare recipients don’t always receive the prescription drug coverage that best matches their needs. But thanks to a new study, there’s now a price tag for this inefficiency: about $5 billion. That’s how much the Federal government could save in one year if it changed the […]

Switching Food Stamp Subsidies From Sweetened Drinks To Fruits, Vegetables Can Save Taxpayers Money

(MCT) — Prohibiting the use of Federal food stamps to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages and subsidizing the purchase of fruits and vegetables with the coupons would improve nutrition, foster weight loss and drive down rates of Type 2 diabetes among the program’s 47.6 million recipients, according to a new study. In so doing, the $79.8-billion Supplemental […]

1 In 8 U.S. Children Face Abuse Or Neglect, Study Concludes

(MCT) — About 1 in 8 American children will experience some form of maltreatment serious enough to be confirmed by government authorities, new research shows. Slightly more than 2 percent of kids are victimized during their first year of life, 5.8 percent are mistreated before their fifth birthdays, and 12.5 percent experience some form of […]

Tobacco Industry Once Had High Hopes For Marijuana Business

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Richard Nixon was in the White House, his “war on drugs” was in full swing, yet Big Tobacco was secretly exploring the possibility of becoming Big Pot. Newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives at the University of California, San Francisco, show that major companies in the cigarette industry investigated joining the […]

Auto Accidents Are No. 1 Cause Of Death For U.S. Teens

(MCT) — Auto accidents are the No. 1 killer of American teenagers, a new study finds — killing almost as many drivers as passengers, and killing more kids than homicide or suicide. The new report, called “Teens in Cars,” was paid for by the General Motors Foundation and based on a national survey of 1,000 […]

Discussing Kids’ Sports Injuries, Obama Says He Probably Suffered ‘Mild Concussion’ As A Child

WASHINGTON (MCT) — During a White House summit on the epidemic of traumatic brain injury, President Barack Obama said Thursday he thinks he may have suffered a mild concussion more than once when he was playing football as a kid. He used the story to call upon parents, coaches and fans to stop expecting athletes […]

Worldwide, 2.1 Billion People Are Overweight Or Obese, Study Says

(MCT) — The world isn’t getting smaller; it’s getting fatter, according to a comprehensive report published Thursday in The Lancet. Whether you’re looking at men or women, children or adults, or citizens of rich countries or of poor ones, people were much more likely to be overweight or obese in 2013 than they were in […]

Athletes More Likely To Need Pacemakers In Old Age

MANCHESTER, England (UPI) — Humans have a built-in pacemaker, but it doesn’t always work properly — which is why older patients with irregular heartbeats sometimes need an artificial one installed. Oddly, many elderly with a history of athletic training and endurance running experience heart rhythm disturbances and require the aid of a pacemaker. Now doctors […]

Children Of Heavy Smokers More Likely To Become Heavy Smokers

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The more a child is exposed to a parent smoking, the more likely the child is to not only smoke but also become a heavy smoker. Lead investigator Darren Mays, an assistant professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said nicotine dependence involves strong cravings to smoke, which results in […]

Daily Coffee May Help Prevent Blindness From Glaucoma, Aging And Diabetes

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — Daily coffee may help prevent blindness from glaucoma, aging and diabetes because it contains chlorogenic acid, a strong antioxidant. Senior author Chang Y. Lee, a professor of food science at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said raw coffee is, on average, just 1 percent caffeine, but it contains 7 percent to […]

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