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AAA: New Year's Day is the deadliest day

(UPI) AAA officials are reminding U.S. drivers and passengers alike New Year's Day consistently ranks as the year's deadliest day for alcohol-related fatalities…
This year's Traffic Safety Culture Index conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found more than 9-in-10 drivers considered it a serious threat to their personal safety when others drink and drive, and 97 percent surveyed found it unacceptable for a driver to get behind the wheel after drinking.
To prevent these dangers, nearly 8-in-10 Americans support requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders, even if it's their first conviction, the survey said.
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Why Do People Go Nuts on New Year's Eve?

(U.S. News & World Report) "Everything in moderation, I always say," says J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner, psychologist and project director for the Mental Health Court Advocacy Program in New York. "Excess indicates that the individual has lost control and is powerless over what he or she craves ... However, many individuals tell me that they 'store up their stress and anxiety' and then on New Year's Eve use that bottled-up stress—as an excuse or rationalization to get drunk, take drugs, have multiple sexual contacts or overeat, since it's once a year and somewhat culturally accepted. In addition, in some circles, it's often encouraged."
The extent to which one is cowed by peer pressure hinges on one's own sense of self-worth, Ornsteiner explains. And that can take a beating during the holiday season, when people take stock of their lives and may feel they are lacking. That's where this season can trigger depression, and New Year's Eve debauchery can provide an escape to that plight, Ornsteiner says.
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If you drink alcohol, how much is too much? See guidelines for older adults.

(NIH Senior Health, via email) Drinking alcohol is a part of many holiday gatherings, but if you drink, be aware that alcohol may affect you differently than it did when you were younger. Learn how much alcohol is safe for older adults to drink and see how alcohol can affect your safety.
Also, watch this video to see how problem drinking can affect older adults.
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Alcohol Dos and Don'ts

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Before grabbing a drink, check out our dos and don'ts:
1.    Do eat a nutritious meal or snack containing some protein before you have a drink. The protein helps to stabilize swings in blood sugar and prevent cravings.
2.    Don’t drink too early in the evening because you may be tempted to have several drinks, and then several more.
3.    Do opt for red wine over white most of the time. Red wine is a better choice because it contains higher amounts of the powerful antioxidant resveratrol, which is found in red grape skins.
4.    Don’t go for regular beer; stick with the occasional light beer and drink it with meals.
5.    Do choose extra-brut champagne, which has no or very little residual sugar. Brut and extra-dry varieties of champagne, which have only slightly more residual sugar than extra-brut, are acceptable second choices.
6.    Do choose sugar-free mixers for cocktails. Sugar-free sodas, flavored waters, vegetable juice blends, club soda, seltzer, or diet tonic are good bets. Be sure to avoid regular sodas, regular tonic, and fruit juices. Another tip: Use sugar-free powdered drink mixes to make punch or other fruit-flavored cocktails.
7.    Do top your drink with garnishes like lemon and lime wedges, or add olives or celery sticks. Definitely skip the maraschino cherries, which are packed with sugar.
Read more, including suggestions for which alcoholic drinks to enjoy and which to avoid.
Community: But if you do overindulge, Dr. Weil has this: “5 Hangover Helpers.” Remember, we saw last week that smoking can make a hangover worse and asparagus may help reduce the effects of a hangover. Also, Appetite for Health has this: “Gatorade, Asparagus, Prickly Pear…Hangover Helpers or Hype?.”
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5 Quick Tips: Staying healthy with alcohol

(Harvard School of Public Health) 1. If you don't drink, there's no need to start.  For some people—especially pregnant women, people recovering from alcohol addiction, people with a family history of alcoholism, people with liver disease, and people taking one or more medications that interact with alcohol—the risks of drinking outweigh the benefits.
2. If you do drink, drink in moderation—and choose whatever drink you like. Wine, beer, or spirits—each seems to have the same health benefits as long as moderation's the word (no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two drinks per day for men).
3. Take a multivitamin with folic acid.  Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, a B vitamin that may help lower the risk of heart disease and cancers of the colon and breast. Those who drink may benefit the most from getting extra folate, since alcohol moderately depletes our body's stores.
4. Ask your doctor about your drinking habits.  If you (or your friends) think you may have a problem with drinking, talk to a doctor or other health professional about it. He or she can help.
5. Pick a designated driver.  Alcohol and driving do not mix. If you've been out drinking cocktails and it's time to head home, hand your car keys to someone who's been sipping seltzer all night.
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Heavy Drinking Is Bad for your Health

(Women's Health) [Those] who regularly drink heavily--defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as swallowing an average of more than one drink per day--should watch out for the following:
Alcohol can disrupt communication between the brain's neurotransmitters, which help control everything from thinking to breathing to movement. As such, long-term overdrinking can trigger depression, anxiety, and memory misfires. It can also shrink brain cells.
Over time, excess booze weakens heart muscles, preventing them from pumping out sufficient blood. What's more, women who binge drink (that's four or more drinks in two hours) have a roughly 39 percent higher risk for stroke. It's no surprise that the liver takes a hit. The organ breaks down alcohol, a process that produces toxins that promote inflammation and weaken the body's natural defenses…
That ruddy look you get after a few sips? Alcohol dilates peripheral blood vessels, causing a rush of blood to the skin, especially in the face. Excessive drinking can also deplete the body of skin-improving vitamin A. Long-term imbibing can curb your white blood cells' ability to fight off harmful bacteria. That means a weaker immune system and a faulty defense against things like STDs or even the common cold.
Possibly related: Heavy drinking also increases your risk for many cancers, including breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
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Expert: Champagne cork can put an eye out

(UPI) The pressure inside a champagne bottle can launch a cork at 50 miles per hour as it leaves the bottle, fast enough to shatter glass, U.S. eye experts say…
The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises to:
-- Chill sparkling wine and champagne to 45 degrees F or colder before opening. The cork of a warm bottle is more likely to pop unexpectedly.
-- Don't shake the bottle. Shaking increases the speed at which the cork leaves the bottle.
-- Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and any bystanders and hold down the cork with the palm of your hand while removing the wire hood on the bottle.
-- Place a towel over the entire top of the bottle and grasp the cork.
-- Twist the bottle while holding the cork at a 45-degree angle to break the seal. Counter the force of the cork using downward pressure as the cork breaks free from the bottle.
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Budget-Friendly New Year's Eve Blowout
Ring in the New Year in style without spending a fortune.
New Year's Day Brunch
Celebrate the coming year with this easy menu. 
The Supermarket Guru:
Chef Jamie’s Good Luck Black Eyed Peas
Chef Jamie says: Eating black eyed peas on New Year's Eve is supposed to bring you luck, or so says Southern tradition. Why leave it to chance?!
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Keep buffet food containers small

(UPI) When it comes to New Year's or football game buffets, U.S. health officials say size matters -- large containers holding cold or hot food can breed bacteria.
Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said to remember the 2-Hour Rule: Discard any perishables left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, unless hot food is kept at an internal temperature of 140 degrees F or warmer and cold food is kept at 40 degrees F or colder.
"If planning a buffet at home and you are not sure how quickly the food will be eaten, keep buffet serving portions small. Prepare a number of small platters and dishes ahead of time, and replace the serving dish with the fresh ones throughout the party," a statement by the FDA said.
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Celebrate New Year's Allergy Free

(The Supermarket Guru) [H]ere is a list of simple tips to minimize risks without putting a damper on the holiday fun from The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Alert holiday party hosts about your food allergy and clarify all ingredients used to prepare foods. Let them know ahead of time so there is no last minute stress.
Avoid dishes with sauces or myriad ingredients; these may contain hidden allergens.
Eat before attending special events in case the foods that are served contain allergens. Ask the host if you can bring an allergy free dish so that you can enjoy the party as much as the other guests.
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What You Think You Know (but Don't) About Wise Eating

(Jane Brody, New York Times) Let’s start the new year on scientifically sound footing by addressing some nutritional falsehoods that circulate widely in cyberspace, locker rooms, supermarkets and health food stores. As a result, millions of people are squandering hard-earned dollars on questionable, even hazardous foods and supplements.
For starters, when did “chemical” become a dirty word? That’s a question raised by one of Canada’s brightest scientific minds: Joe Schwarcz, director of the Office for Science and Society at McGill University in Montreal…
What follows are tips from his books and the symposium that can help you make wiser choices about what does, and does not, pass your lips in 2013.
CURED MEATS… If you’re really concerned about your health, you’d be wise to steer clear of processed meats — organic, nitrite-free or otherwise…
MEAT GLUE [T]ransglutaminase, a k a meat glue … binds protein molecules, gluing together small pieces of fish, meat or poultry… The enzyme is classified by the Food and Drug Administration as “generally recognized as safe,” and there is no reason to think otherwise…
TRANS FATS… The trans formation linked to heart disease is formed when vegetable oils are hardened to prolong shelf life in a manufacturing process called hydrogenation. Natural trans fats, like those in meat and dairy products, take a slightly different form, resulting in an entirely different effect on health.
The most widely consumed “good” trans fat is conjugated linoleic acid, which research has shown can help weight-conscious people lose fat and gain muscle. Various studies have suggested that C.L.A., now widely sold as a supplement, also can enhance immune function and reduce atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and inflammation.
ORGANIC OR NOT?... Might manure used today on organic farms contain disease-causing micro-organisms? Might organic produce unprotected by insecticides harbor cancer-causing molds? It’s a possibility, Dr. Schwarcz said. But consumers aren’t looking beyond the organic sales pitch…
FARMED SALMON Most of the salmon consumed nowadays is farmed. Even if we all could afford the wild variety, there’s simply not enough of it to satisfy the current demand for this heart-healthy fish…
NUTS… The fat in nuts is unsaturated and heart-healthy. Nuts are also good sources of protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber, and can help keep between-meal hunger at bay. The same is true of avocados — just don’t go overboard.
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Almost all U.S. moms to change food buying

(UPI) Ninety-six percent of U.S. mothers say they plan to make changes to their food-buying habits in 2013, a survey indicates…
More than half of the moms surveyed said they want to buy more nutritious food, and already have started by reducing purchases of snacks, sugar, processed foods, soda and carbohydrates. In addition, 49 percent of moms want to buy less processed food in the coming year, particularly those age 30 and younger.
Seventy-eight percent of the mothers said they read labels.
The mothers said they were looking to consume less high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial dyes and gluten in the new year.
Three-fourths of the moms said they used technology while cooking, with AllRecipes.com, Pinterest and FoodNetwork.com the most popular.
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Don't drink coffee before snow shoveling

(UPI) As with any physical activity, the body must warm up so ease into snow shoveling, try not to do it all at once and take breaks, a U.S. cardiologist says.
Dr. Charles Davidson, clinical chief of cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and medical director at Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, said before snow shoveling eat a small meal to provide a source of energy.
However, digestion puts strain on the heart, so eating a large meal before any physical activity should be avoided. Additionally, alcohol and caffeine should also be avoided just prior to shoveling, Davidson said.
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Elderly need monitoring during cold spells

(UPI) Cold icy weather affects people -- especially the elderly, sick or frail -- even if they don't venture outdoors, a Chicago emergency medicine physician said…
When sub-zero temperatures occur, be sure to check on elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure their home is adequately heated and they have the necessary food, medications and other items they need, and perhaps offer to put out their garbage.
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Michigan hospital blazes trail in fight against fungal meningitis

(Reuters) [The St Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital's Fungal Outbreak Clinic] has been at the front line of the fight against one of the biggest ever U.S. outbreaks of fungal meningitis, a killer infection that has been traced to tainted steroid shots from a Massachusetts pharmacy…
Dr Tom Chiller, the fungal disease expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has been overseeing the outbreak, praised the work of the hospital in helping to limit deaths from the outbreak.
"They have been incredibly creative in dealing with these complicated patients," he said…
On December 20, the CDC issued an alert to doctors incorporating some of lessons learned by the efforts of doctors at St Joseph's and other hospitals, calling for increased screening of patients who may be harboring localized infections.
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Medical board appeals to public to combat prescription overdoses

(Los Angeles Times) In an appeal for the public's help in stemming the epidemic of prescription drug deaths, the Medical Board of California is asking people whose relatives died of overdoses to contact the board if they believe excessive prescribing or other physician misconduct contributed to the deaths.
Linda K. Whitney, the board's executive director, urged those with information about improper treatment to contact the board without delay. By law, the agency has seven years from the time of the alleged misconduct to take disciplinary action against a physician.
"The sooner we get the information, the sooner we can move forward," she said in an interview.
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Troubled Past for Suspect in Fatal Subway Push

(New York Times) Long before Erika Menendez was charged with pushing a stranger to his death under an oncoming train at a Queens elevated station, she had years of contact with New York City’s mental health and law enforcement establishments. She was treated by the psychiatric staffs of at least two city hospitals, and caseworkers visited her family home in Queens to provide further help. She was also arrested at least three times, according to the police, twice after violent confrontations…
The case of Ms. Menendez, 31, puts renewed attention on a mental health system that is a loose amalgam of hospitals, supported housing, shelters and other advocacy and support groups, in which mentally ill people often bounce from one to the other and ultimately fall through the cracks.
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Healthcare Tax Hikes for 2013 May be Just a Start

(AP) New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul…
The tax hikes already on the books, taking effect in 2013, fall mainly on people who make lots of money and on the health care industry. But about half of Americans benefit from the tax-free status of employer health insurance. Workers pay no income or payroll taxes on what their employer contributes for health insurance, and in most cases on their own share of premiums as well.
It's the single biggest tax break allowed by the government, outstripping the mortgage interest deduction, the deduction for charitable giving and other better-known benefits. If the value of job-based health insurance were taxed like regular income, it would raise nearly $150 billion in revenue in 2013, according to congressional estimates. By comparison, wiping away the mortgage interest deduction would bring in only about $90 billion…
It's hard to see how lawmakers can avoid touching health insurance if they want to eliminate loopholes and curtail deductions so as to raise revenue and lower tax rates. Congress probably wouldn't do away with the health care tax break, but limit it in some form. Such limits could be keyed to the cost of a particular health insurance plan, the income level of taxpayers, or a combination.
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This Year, Make a New Year's Resolution Resolution

(Yoni Freedhoff, MD, U.S. News & World Report) This year, rather than the broad, highly restrictive, flying-leap resolutions of draconian diet rules, or hours and hours of weekly gym visitations, why not try to craft resolutions that you might actually enjoy?
Looking at weight specifically, don't forget that the more weight you'd like to permanently lose, the more of your life you'll need to permanently change, and trying to adopt changes you don't honestly enjoy is a surefire way to guarantee that those changes won't stick.
This year I want you to analyze each prospective resolution by asking yourself, "Can I happily keep living with this change?" If you can't, you probably won't.
This year, make a resolution resolution to actually like your prospective resolutions.
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5 Ways to Keep Resolutions in Reach

(Deborah Enos, CN, MyHealthNewsDaily) I've found that the best way to stick to a resolution is to keep it simple. Whenever I make lofty goals for myself, I always end up disappointed. Why set yourself up for failure? Instead, consider taking these easy steps to a healthier you in 2013. 
·         Plan for sleep…
·         Choose some go-to recipes…
·         Have a plan for eating out…
·         Limit alcohol…
·         Make exercising easy.
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Resolution Success

(Lauren Boggi, Founder and CEO, Lithe Method) Here are [some] tips to inspire, prep and motivate you…
·         Follow the 80/20 rule. Eat healthy and watch your diet 80 percent of the time (M-F) and then have fun and indulge on the weekends.
·         Get high. If you're feeling too tired or drained to work out, remember that making fitness a part of your everyday life will get those endorphins going, so you'll want to come back for more, every day.
·         Take fitness baby steps
·         Think like a cheerleader. Love yourself, be positive, cheer yourself on and create a health and fitness "squad" by enlisting a few friends who have like-minded goals. You'll feel inspired to stick with it and have a built-in team.
Remember that food is not the enemy. Enjoy it, practice portion control and eat food that is as close to its natural form as possible.
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Top 6 New Year's Resolution Tips

(Ben Greenfield, Fitness expert) Are you tired of making the same New Year's resolution to lose weight or get in better shape, year after year? Wouldn't it be great to actually follow through and reach your goals this time?
Here are my six tips for successful New Year's resolutions:
1. Quantify
Vague goals are very difficult to achieve…
2. Set Benchmarks
If there is no start date, end date, or end goal (benchmark) for your resolution, then it can be very hard to get started and very hard to complete…
3. Keep It Simple
Despite the temptation to use New Year's as a motivation to get a lot done, it is better and more efficient to focus on just one big goal, and not to become distracted by other dreams.
4. Log
If you're not tracking or logging your progress, you can easily lose motivation, or easily forget your quantifiable goal…
5. Share
Don't keep your New Year's resolution to yourself -- instead, tell the world!... You can also share your actual workouts by getting a workout buddy or even hiring a personal trainer to help keep you on track.
6. Expect Setbacks
I'm personally an "all-or-nothing" personality, and that means that if I've made a commitment to exercise for an hour a day, and I have a day in which I can only go 20 minutes, I can easily get discouraged and feel ready to give up on my goal. But this is silly! Every little bit of progress you make toward your goal really does count, no matter how small it is. So even when the going gets tough and you don't get as much accomplished as you think you should, just keep on plugging away. The results will speak for themselves.
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Smoky Shrimp and Parmesan-Polenta Cakes
Invite company over for this gourmet-inspired dish that's a snap to make. Smoked paprika, available in supermarkets, is nice to spice up sour cream, eggs, or rice. Its pungency offsets the shrimp's sweetness. Serve with bagged prewashed salad greens splashed with vinaigrette.
Oven-Barbecued Asian Chicken
This Asian “barbecued” chicken made in a casserole dish is truly finger-licking good! You can make this with 2 bone-in chicken breasts (about 12 ounces each) instead of thighs and drumsticks, if you prefer. Remove the skin and cut each chicken breast in half on the diagonal to get 4 portions about equal in weight. Serve with sautéed chard and whole-grain rice pilaf.
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Avoid this Common Bread Ingredient

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Bromated flour contains potassium bromate, an oxidizing agent widely used in commercial baking to strengthen dough and promote rising… Studies dating back to 1982 found that the chemical causes several types of cancer in lab rats…
Potassium bromate is supposed to cook out of bread as the dough bakes, thus removing any potential health threat. Some of it may not, however. When you buy commercial bread, baked goods or flour, look on the ingredient lists for “potassium bromate” or “bromated flour.” I recommend avoiding products that contain them.
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The Aging Eye: See into Your Future

(RealAge.com) [Y]ou can minimize the impact of age-related vision loss on daily life, boost eye health in general, and reduce disease risk by monitoring vision changes, identifying problems, creating an eye-friendly environment, and adjusting your lifestyle habits and dietary choices.
Your first step in protecting your eyes is to distinguish between vision changes that are due to normal aging processes and vision changes that may be signs of disease. Only a doctor can diagnose eye disease, so if you haven't been keeping a regular schedule of checkups, consider making an appointment today.
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Easy Ways to Improve Your Vision

(Reader’s Digest) The most common diseases — age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), cataracts, glaucoma, and dry eye disease — are all preventable to some extent. Read on to see (pun intended) how you can get Stealth Healthy protection for your peepers. Before we go any further, we have to tell you that the first step, if you smoke, is to stop. Smoking increases your risk of cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, and age-related macular degeneration.
·         Mix a cup of blueberries with a cup of yogurt for breakfast this morning…
·         Spread bilberry jam on your morning toast…
·         Have spinach twice a week…
·         Cook with red onions, not yellow…
·         Aim your car vents at your feet — not your eyes…
·         Move your computer screen to just below eye level…
·         Take a multivitamin every day…
·         Walk at least four times a week…
·         Eat fish twice a week…
·         Twice a week, walk away from greasy or sweet snacks…
·         Have sweet potatoes for dinner tonight…
·         Turn down the heat in your house…
·         Wear sunglasses whenever you leave the house…
·         Wear a broad-brimmed hat along with your sunglasses…
·         Pick some Southern greens for dinner tonight…
·         Roast some fresh beets for an eye-saving side dish…
·         Switch to “lite” salt or use spices and herbs instead of salt…
·         Dab an essential oil of jasmine, peppermint, or vanilla on your arm and sniff…
·         Check your blood pressure every month…
·         Wear goggles when you’re doing carpentry or even yard work.
·         Use a fresh towel every time you wipe your face. Sharing face towels is a great way to get conjunctivitis, the infection also known as pinkeye.
Community: Many of these recommendations have other health benefits, as well.
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Young Scientist Helps Identify Cause of Widespread Eye Disease

(Science Daily) [A team of researchers has] now shown that it is highly probable that thickening of the arterial walls is behind the common eye disease known as branch retinal vein occlusion -- a type of blood clot in the eye that blocks the vessels that transport blood from the retina. The disease leads to reduced vision and affects more than 14 million people worldwide.
"Our new results indicate that branch retinal vein occlusion is caused by thickening of the arterial wall. This makes it crucial for doctors to treat patients diagnosed with the disease with medicine to lower blood pressure in order to prevent blood clots from forming in the heart and brain. Branch retinal vein occlusion is often a sign of increased risk of blood clots in other parts of the body," explains Mette Bertelsen, PhD student.
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Get a flu shot, or get fired

(Chicago Tribune) With rare exceptions, everyone older than six months should be vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It's especially important for people who are at risk for serious complications. They include infants, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic health issues such as asthma, diabetes or lung disease.
The kind of people likely to be found in hospitals, nursing homes and clinics, in other words.
That's why the CDC stresses the importance of flu shots for another group: People who live with or care for those at-risk groups.
So it makes perfect sense for Alexian Brothers Health System to require its employees to get vaccinated. It's a growing trend throughout the industry, in fact. More than half the hospitals in one nationwide poll required their workers to get flu shots.
Many of those hospitals have encountered resistance from employees or their unions. 
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Questcor Finds Profits, at $28,000 a Vial

(New York Times) The doctor was dumbfounded: a drug that used to cost $50 was now selling for $28,000 for a 5-milliliter vial…
How the price of this drug rose so far, so fast is a story for these troubled times in American health care — a tale of aggressive marketing, questionable medicine and, not least, out-of-control costs…
Companies often charge stratospheric prices for drugs for rare diseases — known as orphan drugs — and Acthar’s price is not as high as some. Society generally tolerates those costs to encourage drug companies to develop crucial, possibly lifesaving drugs for these often neglected diseases.
But Questcor did almost no research or development to bring Acthar to market, merely buying the rights to the drug from its previous owner for $100,000 in 2001. And while the manufacturing of Acthar is complex, it accounts for only about 1 cent of every dollar that Questcor charges for the drug.
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U.S. mentally ill and their families face barriers to care

(Reuters) [T]he National Rifle Association blamed mass shootings such as that at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on the lack of a "national database of the mentally ill," who, it claimed, are especially prone to violence.
Dr. Paul Appelbaum, professor of psychiatry, medicine and law at Columbia University, disagrees, however. "Gun violence is overwhelmingly not about mental illness," he said. "The best estimate is that about 95 percent of gun violence is committed by people who do not have a diagnosis of mental illness."
But experts on mental illness agree with one implication of the NRA's argument: families trying to get help for a loved one with mental illness confront a confusing, dysfunctional system that lacks the capacity to help everyone who needs it - and that shunts many of the mentally ill into the criminal justice system instead of the healthcare system.
"Public mental health services have eroded everywhere, and in some places don't exist at all," said Richard Bonnie, professor of law and medicine at the University of Virginia. "Improving access to mental health services would reduce the distress and social costs of serious mental illness, including violent behavior."
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When you're out of the hospital, are you out of the woods?

(Consumer Reports) If you think leaving the hospital means you're home for good, think again. About twenty percent of heart attack and pneumonia patients, and a quarter of heart failure patients, find themselves back in the hospital within 30 days, according to our updated hospital Ratings. And our new analysis shows that those rates aren't getting better…
Readmission rates give important insights to hospital safety for several reasons. First, hospitals are inherently risky places, so being readmitted exposes you to additional risk. Having to be readmitted can also indicate that something went awry during your initial discharge, like poor planning for your home care. Or maybe that something went wrong during your hospital stay, like you developed a hospital-acquired infection that only became apparent when you got home…
[S]ee our tips for staying safe in the hospital.
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