THE PROGNOSIS Calories for each food item appear on a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Ou, File) Starting next week, consumers will supposedly get some help from the government in controlling their waistlines when a controversial regulation goes into effect requiring many restaurants to include calorie counts on their menu items. But just in case you were dreading swallowing the calorie count on your beloved Panera Pumpkin muffin (580 calories, yikes!), you may have an excuse to go ahead and enjoy it. Science suggests that listing calorie counts might not make that much of a difference, anyway. The long-in-the-works government regulation requires chain restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, amusement parks and vending machines to clearly display calorie counts next to food items. It stems from the 2010 Affordable Care Act, but the Food and Drug Administration had to spell out the rules for how businesses must comply. The whole process was … [Read more...] about The Health 202: Calorie counts at restaurants are aimed at trimming waistlines. But science suggests they don’t necessarily work.
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THE PROGNOSIS Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Whatever President Trump suggests next week to lower U.S. drug costs, don’t forget this cold, hard fact: It’s extremely difficult to make sweeping reforms to a health-care system as piecemeal as ours. If you’re employed, you might have coverage through your job. If you’re a senior, you have some version of Medicare. If you’re a low-income American, you may qualify for Medicaid. If no insurance is available to you through those avenues, you’ve probably bought subsidized, private coverage through the state-based Obamacare marketplaces. Or, maybe you’re simply uninsured. Health insurance typically isn’t such a patchwork system in other countries with wealth comparable to the United States. In Canada, Australia and many European nations, the government plays a far greater role in delivering coverage, keeping … [Read more...] about The Health 202: Here’s why it’s a nightmare to lower U.S. drug prices
In memoriam: Funeral notices, April 29, 2018 BARGER, Robert P. "Bob" Sr. BARGER, Robert P. "Bob" Sr.,71, passed away on April 18, 2018. Survived by Clancy, his wife of 52 years, their two sons, Bobby and Dennis (Cindy); seven grandchildren, Brandon, Nicole, Dylan, Eric, Michael, Courtney and Orion and great-granddaughters, Aspen, Willa and Everly. Born in the Bronx, New York he moved frequently and graduated from high school on Long Island and trained through the Printer's Union in Manhattan. Relocating to Tucson in 1978 Bob was a member of Kiwanis, a member of the Moose and Elk's Lodges and worked to support youth activities. He was a huge New York Yankee fan, but more importantly he was a fan of his grandchildren, their beloved Pop-Pop. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. 8051 E. Broadway. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the Eastside Elk's Lodge #2532 'youth … [Read more...] about In memoriam: Funeral notices, April 29, 2018
By Melissa Hellmann June 17, 2014 TIME Health For more, visit TIME Health. The U.S. health care system has been subject to heated debate over the past decade, but one thing that has remained consistent is the level of performance, which has been ranked as the worst among industrialized nations for the fifth time, according to the 2014 Commonwealth Fund survey 2014. The U.K. ranked best with Switzerland following a close second. The Commonwealth Fund report compares the U.S. with 10 other nations: France, Australia, Germany, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.K. were all judged to be superior based on various factors. These include quality of care, access to doctors and equity throughout the country. Results of the study rely on data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Health Organization and interviews from physicians and patients. Although the U.S. has the most expensive health care … [Read more...] about U.S. Health Care Ranked Worst in the Developed World
-China Dialogue on Global Issues at Georgetown University.Xi, dressed in camouflage military fatigues and speaking aboard the Chinese destroyer Changsha, called for further modernization efforts, and underlined his goal of transforming the country's navy into a "world-class force" under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party. So, why the sudden interest?President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised the "kind words" from Chinese leader Xi Jinping and pledged "great progress" in the looming trade dispute between the world's largest economies.As the NY Times headlined, "Farmers' Anger at Trump Tariffs Puts Republican Candidates in a Bind". But following Trump's tweet the White House made clear it wants to see changes enacted in China.Take a deep breath: Robotics, new-energy vehicles, biotechnology, aerospace, high-end shipping, advanced rail equipment, electric power equipment, new materials (such as those used in screens and solar cells) and new generation information technology and … [Read more...] about Xi Jinping’s China shows off force in South China Sea