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Missouri's low cigarette tax under fire

Apr 10, 2012
A ballot initiative could raise the tax rate on a pack of smokes in Missouri, which is 8x lower than the national average.
Posted In: smoking, Taxes, health care, Health

The battle over billing codes

Apr 10, 2012
Every little thing your doctor does has a special code attached, with a dollar sign. Codes were supposed to make things simpler. Instead, they've touched off an expensive arms race between doctors, hospitals and insurers.
Posted In: Health, codes, health care, coding

Study: Intelligent people less likely to take sick leave

Apr 4, 2012
According to a new study out in the U.K., there is a correlation between intelligence levels and the likelihood that someone will end up on long-term sick leave.
Posted In: Health, Britain, employee benefits

Panel recommends a second opinion on medical tests

Apr 4, 2012
A panel of doctors is recommending that physicians and patients think twice before performing several common medical tests.
Posted In: Health, doctor, medical care

One social network that promises not to 'monetize' you

Mar 30, 2012
Despite pressure to show uses ads and make hay from their personal data, CaringBridge refuses. They're a special case, but are there lessons here for other social networks?
Posted In: social networks, Facebook, caringbridge, Health, monetize, profits, nonprofits

Americans not getting enough sleep

Mar 28, 2012
New information from the Centers for Disease Control reveals that more than quarter of the U.S. population say they're not getting enough shuteye. The issue has consequences on our economy and health.
Posted In: sleep, Health

Can ignoring medical advice hurt your wallet?

Mar 23, 2012
Doctor and commentator John Schumann says it's a medical urban legend.
Posted In: Health, health care, doctor

Health care goes before the court

Mar 22, 2012
Starting Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the health care law, including a mandate that all Americans carry health insurance.
Posted In: Health

Soda sales fizzling out

Mar 21, 2012
New numbers out today show that the soda sales slump that has been going on for years continued to speed up in 2011, with consumers buying more healthy beverages in its place.
Posted In: soda, Health, sugary drinks

Consuming white rice linked to risk of diabetes

Mar 16, 2012
Publishing in the British Medical Journal, researchers looked at four studies covering 350,000 people in Asia and the West.
Posted In: Health, Food, diabetes

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