Health News

Expected health-insurance changes unlikely to affect 2017

Nov. 10, 2016—Change will come to how some consumers buy health insurance—the recent presidential election all but guarantees it—but two experts tell Consumers Digest that any changes likely won’t take effect in 2017. In other words, consumers who are eligible to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace should act as though nothing has changed.

MyPillow to end health-related claims

Nov. 1, 2016—The makers of MyPillow bedding might be resting a little less easy after reaching a settlement with California over claims that the company violated false-advertising laws.

FDA bans 19 antibacterial-soap ingredients

Sept. 2, 2016—Food and Drug Administration approved a final rule that banned 19 active ingredients that are used in antibacterial soaps, because the soapmakers couldn’t back claims that the ingredients were safe and more effective than plain soap and water.

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Related Department Briefs

Skip the shot

The next time that you’re at the dentist, you might be able to bypass a Novocain injection.

Fitness trackers: Working out the confusion

For many, the start of a new year marks the start of a diet and exercise routine. Among the supplements, workout gear and gym memberships, one might turn to fitness trackers to help to lose weight.

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Health Recalls

Salmonella risk in five brands of Shearer’s Foods chips

Dec. 13, 2016—Shearer’s Foods recalled five brands of its chips that have milk ingredients, because they might be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infections in people who have a weakened immune system.

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