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Being able to treat a medical problem is good, but dodging the problem altogether is even better. That seems obvious, yet Medicare has only recently expanded coverage for services that help prevent or stave off some of the diseases that make people very ill and — not coincidentally — cost Medicare mountains of money.
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His voice was deep; his soul was too. His humor made you rock with laughter; his insight rocked your world. I never got to squeeze Al Martinez’s hand or give him a hug, though I often wanted to. We lived six hours apart, but when we talked by phone, Al, who died Jan. 12, was in my living room, sitting next to my desk.
Eric Dickerson Gets Flu Shot, NFL Players
It's already a bad flu season for those age 65-plus and now there's more bad news: This season's flu shot will only cut your chances of getting sick by 23 percent, compared to the more typical 60 percent in previous years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sunset in a winter park
The winter solstice — and the shortest day of the year — will soon be upon us (Dec. 21), and not everyone is feeling the holiday spirit. Illness, loneliness, financial troubles, family problems and depression can make many dread the “most wonderful” time of the year and endanger both mental and physical health. A recent  University of Chicago study found that feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to increased stress, higher blood pressure and other health problems.
Illustration of the Ebola virus
The country’s first Ebola patient—Thomas Eric Duncan, who was visiting Dallas from West Africa—has died. But the fact that he was  mistakenly sent home when he first showed up at a Texas hospital complaining of symptoms, does not exactly inspire confidence in our healthcare system.
Pensive older couple
Well, this is depressing: A new study finds that an older couple is more likely to divorce if the wife gets seriously ill, but not if the husband does.
Wallet with dollar bills
Open your wallet. Pull out a dollar bill. You've just touched more than 3,000 bacteria that have been linked to stomach ulcers, acne, pneumonia and staph infections.
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Researchers at Newcastle University in England are onto something big: Your dog may know lots more about how you're feeling - and about how you're doing generally - that anyone has heretofore believed.
Three California-based Foster Farms chicken processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people in 17 states will remain open after company officials said they would make changes to their operations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.
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Just about every cookbook icon, from Julia Child to Martha Stewart to the Joy of Cooking's Rombauer sisters, has told us to rinse off our raw chicken before preparing it.
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