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OK To Eat Before Rolling Up Sleeve For Cholesterol Test?

For most people, a nonfasting cholesterol test will do just fine, a Canadian study suggests. A meal beforehand is unlikely to change key ratios of fats in the blood that doctors use to assess a person's risk for heart disease and stroke.

Death, But Softly

The world's first essayist, Michel Montaigne, was out riding one day when he got slammed from the rear, was thrown from his horse, crashed to the ground and for a brief time was, as he puts it, "dead." He described exactly what it felt like. Here's what he learned.

High-Deductible Health Plans Can Cost Patients A Discount

People hoping to save a few dollars by choosing insurance with low upfront costs may be losing out. Hospitals and other health care providers sometimes fail to apply discounts when individuals, rather than insurers, are paying the bills.

Missouri, Kansas Reject Health Exchanges

Immediately after last week's election, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the state would not be setting up its own health insurance exchange. Next door in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that Kansas will have no involvement in running a state exchange either. The moves open the door for increased federal involvement in health care in staunchly Republican territory.

Health Insurance Exchanges Explained

The exchanges — one for every state — are not only where people will go to choose plans; they're also where people will go to see if they qualify for help in affording that care. States have until Friday to tell federal officials if they plan to launch their own exchanges.

Danes May Bring Back Butter As Government Rolls Back Fat Tax

Denmark plans to abolish its fat tax after barely a year, citing hardships on business and the poor. And while some Danes might celebrate by spreading on the "toothbutter," other countries are watching closely for signs of whether regulating food works as a way to get people to eat healthier.