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Problems Behind Drug Shortages Are Clear; Solutions Aren't

A daylong session on drug shortages convened by the Food and Drug Administration documented lots of issues and no easy remedies.
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Poll: Seniors Disappointed By Golden Years

Florida has long sold itself as a destination for retirees looking for the good life — golfing, social activities and easy living in "active adult" communities. But, a new poll from NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that many retirees find retirement isn't living up to their expectations. A quarter of those surveyed says life is worse in retirement than it was before. Many say they're not able to travel and remain as active as they'd like, and major factors are finances and health.
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Fresh Push To Vaccinate Kids In Developing World

The GAVI Alliance will introduce the rotavirus vaccine, which protects against diarrhea, in 16 developing countries. Some 18 countries will also get the pneumococcal vaccine, which could cut deaths from pneumonia and meningitis.
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Prescription Drug Deaths Major Killer In The U.S.

The Los Angeles Times has found that prescription drugs are responsible for thousands of deaths annually. Reporter Lisa Girion and the American Pain Society's Dr. Roger Chou discuss the findings and what might be done to address the problem.
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Employer Survey Shows Big Jump In Health Insurance Premiums

Premiums jumped by 9 percent this year, with the average price for employer-provided family coverage topping the $15,000 mark for the first time.
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Straight Talk On Menopause

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Menopause affects nearly every woman at some point in her life, yet the issue is difficult to address for many, including physicians and mothers. Tell Me More discusses how menopause affects women physically, mentally and socially, and how women and their families can best manage this time in their lives. (Language Advisory: This segment contains frank and explicit language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)
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Caffeinated Women May Be Fighting Depression With Every Cup

A Harvard School of Public Health study of more than 50,000 nurses suggests the more caffeine they drank, the less likely they were to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers are calling for more study on why this might be.

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