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AARP Launches Campaign Spotlighting Medicare, Social Security

The AARP has launched a campaign targeting Virginia's more than 1.3 million senior citizens, in an attempt to start a dialogue about the funding challenges that lie ahead for the Social Security and Medicare programs.

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Ban the Bottle

College campuses across the country are restricting or banning the sale of bottled water, citing student pressure to address environmental concerns. We explore the movement and critics who say that taking the option of bottled water away is not the answer.


To Find Out About Food Allergies, First Use The Right Test

Not all tests sold to diagnose food allergies really work. The gold standard is eating a food with a doctor to see if it sparks a response, and taking a careful medical history.

States Struggle To Cover Uninsured With Pre-Existing Conditions

Until a national health insurance mandate takes effect in 2014, states run stopgap pools to cover people with pre-existing conditions. The federal funds to pay for the coverage are being stretched thin in many states.

How Do Racial Attitudes Affect Opinions About The Health Care Overhaul?

Data suggest that the racial attitudes of ordinary Americans have shaped both how they feel about Obama's health care overhaul and how intense those feelings are.

Health Care In America: Follow The Money

With the Supreme Court poised to hear arguments about President Obama's health law next week, the time seemed ripe for looking at the economic stakes. The public sector is a big part of the American health care industry, which now accounts for 18 percent of the GDP.