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Medicare Offers Free Weight-Loss Counseling

Medicare offers free weight-loss counseling, but fewer than 1% of Medicare’s 50 million beneficiaries use it—even though 30% of seniors are obese and eligible for counseling. Problem: Many of the most knowledgeable providers, such as weight-loss specialists, are not allowed to participate, because Medicare reimburses only primary-care providers, nurse ­practitioners and physician assistants working in […]

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5 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

Why Diet and Exercise Don’t Always Work Fact: Most people can’t lose weight and keep it off just by focusing on calories and exercise. Millions of Americans who exercise and diet still can’t drop all the pounds they want to—or keep off the pounds that they manage to lose initially. Why not? It’s because weight […]

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Don’t Get Fooled

The Generic-Drug Rip-Off Using health insurance to fill a prescription for a generic drug could dramatically increase your out-of-pocket costs, particularly if you have not yet reached your policy’s annual deductible. That’s because people who use health insurance have to pay the price that the insurance company has set for the drug, and with generic […]

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Surprising Cure for Back Pain

Surprising Cure for Back Pain

It’s Not Drugs, Exercise or Surgery… If you have persistent back pain, most doctors look for structural problems—a herniated disc, for example, or a misaligned spine. These can be real issues, but they point to a solution for only a small percentage of patients. Surprisingly, back pain can be the result of poor nutrition and […]

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How Vitamin D Helps with Weight Loss

Vitamin D may help with weight loss, says Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD. Vitamin D supplements will not cause you to lose weight, but people who are vitamin D–deficient may experience muscle weakness, fatigue and joint pain, which could result in weight gain. Adults should take 1,500 IU to 2,000 IU of vitamin D a […]

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Praluent and Repatha are Best for High-Risk Individuals

New cholesterol-lowering drug is best for high-risk individuals, reports Michael D. Ozner, MD. An FDA advisory panel has recommended approval of two PCSK9 inhibitors—alirocumab (Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha). These drugs are for people with a genetic condition that causes LDL “bad” cholesterol to be extremely high and for others at high risk for heart disease […]

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Modest Exercise Still Provides Substantial Benefits

People who got some exercise but not enough to meet the physical activity recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate activity a week were still 20% less likely to die over a 14-year-period than people who did not do any physical activity. People who exercised the recommended 150 minutes were 31% less likely to die during […]

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Bird Flu is Causing an Egg Shortage

During the 2014–2015 outbreak, more than 10% of the 300 million egg-laying birds in the US had to be killed to control the disease. Result: Fewer eggs, so some stores have raised prices or limited the number of eggs customers can buy and some restaurants have reduced the number of egg dishes.

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63% of Employees Don’t Claim These Incentives

Did you know that millions of dollars go unclaimed because employees don’t take ­advantage of wellness incentives? Only 47% of employees took advantage of their firms’ wellness incentives last year. Companies may offer cash, gift cards and reduced health-care premiums to get employees into health-improvement programs.

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Orange Juice is More Healthful

Orange juice is better than the whole fruit. Healthful nutrients found in oranges, such as ­carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamin C, are more readily available and better absorbed by the body when consumed in juice.

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