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Starbucks Ditches Bug-Based Red Dye In Strawberry Drink

Under pressure from vegetarians and vegans, Starbucks plans to stop using a red dye made from crushed bugs called cochineal in some strawberry drinks and rosy-hued baked goods by the end of June.

When It Comes To A1C Blood Test For Diabetics, One Level No Longer Fits All

People with diabetes may have more options for managing the disease, with new guidelines that don't include a one-size-fits-all approach to blood glucose levels.
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Signs of a Slowdown in Health Care Spending

There are signs that health care spending growth has slowed down in the last few years. Diane and her panel of experts look at what higher deductibles, a move away from fee-for-service plans and other changes could mean for future health...

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The Challenges Of Aging Out

Sam Queen has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around... and he worries what will happen when he "ages out" of the foster care system next year.


Staying Active Fends Off Alzheimer's, Even In People Over 80

Activity fends off Alzheimer's disease in people over 80, according to new research that tracked the movements of people in their 80s. And just doing stuff counts. It doesn't have to be "exercise."

Flossing Is Good For The Gums, But Doesn't Help The Heart

Medical experts have long thought that gum disease can cause heart disease. But now they say no; it's other health issues like smoking and lack of exercise that are causing both. But this doesn't mean you can stop flossing.

Few Answers In Abuse Probes At Homes For Disabled

California's state-run developmental centers are home to hundreds of developmentally disabled men and women. Reports of patient abuse at the centers jumped 40 percent between 2008 and 2010, and advocates say that abuse complaints — and even deaths — are not properly investigated.