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New Drug for Hepatitis C: Effective, but Who Will Pay?

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News staff writer, in association with The Daily Beast There’s a new drug regimen being touted as a potential cure for a dangerous liver virus that causes hepatitis C. But it costs $84,000 — or $1,000 a pill. And that price tag is prompting outrage from some consumers and a scramble by insurers to figure out which patients should get the drug — and who pays for it. Related: CDC: All Boomers Need Hepatitis C Test Called …

Medicare Drug Benefit Saves Taxpayers Billions

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare‘s prescription drug benefit saves taxpayers billions of dollars by dramatically reducing hospital admissions, a new study shows. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago estimated the total savings at $1.5 billion a year — about 2.2 percent of the total $67.7 billion cost of Medicare Part D in 2011. “Medicare Part D requires a substantial investment from the federal government, and the million-dollar question has been, ‘Does this investment …

Mrs. Obama: How About ‘Let’s Move!’ for Older Women?

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDear Mrs. Obama: Congratulations on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that shows that obesity among preschoolers has plummeted 43 percent over the last decade. Certainly that was good news to coincide with the fourth anniversary of your Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. As nice as that is, that’s not really why I’m writing you. I’m writing about the rest of that study, which included the less than stellar news about the obesity rate among …

FDA’s New Food Label: Serving Up a Reality Check

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter two decades, the nutrition labels on the food products we buy are getting a much-needed update, with proposed changes that provide a more realistic picture of the serving size, calories and added sugar those products contain. The changes were unveiled today at the White House as part of the fourth anniversary of the first lady’s Let’s Move! antiobesity campaign. For consumers, the new labels could serve up a major reality check: The serving size for ice cream, for example, …

FDA Begins New Testing of Generic Drug Quality

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor decades, doctors, drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration have assured us that low-cost prescription generic drugs — which make up an estimated 80 percent of the prescription medicines we take — work just as well as the costlier brand-name drugs they mimic. Except that a growing number of patient complaints, as well as issues over the quality of generics manufactured abroad, have proven that some of them don’t. And it appears the FDA is finally going to …

Bright Light Makes Emotions Hotter

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | General News | Comments

Personal HealthBy Don Campbell, University of Toronto, Futurity.org The next time you want to turn down the emotional intensity before making an important decision, you may want to dim the lights first. A new study shows that human emotions, whether they are positive or negative, are felt more intensely under bright lights. “Other evidence shows that on sunny days people are more optimistic about the stock market, report higher well-being, and are more helpful while extended exposure to dark, gloomy days …