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The consumer health week in review: Supreme Court upholds healthcare reform; Leukemia claims Nora Ephron; FDA approves obesity drug

Healthcare reform upheld The Supreme Court preserved the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed by President Obama in March 2010 and heralded as the biggest overhaul of the $2.6 trillion healthcare system in about 50 years. In a 5-4 ruling, the nation's highest court preserved the law's "individual mandate" requiring that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay ...

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The consumer health week in review: Jack Osbourne has MS, Paternity testing in utero, Potential Bird-Flu pandemic

Jack Osbourne has Multiple Sclerosis Jack Osbourne, former reality star and son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, announced Monday that he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Osbourne sat down with People Magazine to discuss the diagnosis he received two weeks after welcoming his daughter in April. MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord – and can c ...

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The consumer health week in review: Board approves soda ban; Vitamin D, calcium not advised for postmenopausal women; Chong has prostate cancer; Americans more stressed than ever

Board approves Bloomberg’s ban on sodasOn Tuesday, members of New York City’s Board of Health approved Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed plan to ban all sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces throughout the city’s restaurants, street carts and stadiums. The board, an 11-member panel appointed by the mayor, has responsibilities that include the control of chronic disease and food service establ ...

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The consumer health week in review: Med device tax; Sheryl Crow reveals brain tumor diagnosis; CT scans and kids; Disney on a diet

House votes on medical device bill The House voted on a bill this week, proposed by Minnesota Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen, which would eliminate a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices. The tax was included in President Obama’s health-reform legislation and is set to go into effect next year. Device manufacturers are anxious to kill the tax before it is initiated. According to the Associat ...

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The consumer health week in review: Counterfeit drugs; Big gulp or little sip; Prediction: cancer increases; Go ahead eat a bite of dark chocolate!

Hard pill to shallow, counterfeit drugsEarlier this week the FDA warned consumers and healthcare professionals about a counterfeit version of Teva’s Adderall, a drug approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and narcolepsy. The FDA’s announcement says preliminary laboratory tests revealed the counterfeit version of Teva’s Adderall 30 mg tablets contained the wrong ...

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