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.

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Related Department Briefs

“Toddler milk” needs more regulation

An open letter that was published November 2016 in Healthcare urges government regulators to step up efforts against companies that produce liquid nutritional supplements that are commonly referred to as “toddler milks” because of what the authors say is companies’ misleading and potentially harmful marketing to the parents of children who are ages 6 months and older.

Food stamps & the 21st century

A pilot program through Department of Agriculture will allow people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits—formerly known as food stamps—to use those benefits to buy groceries online beginning in summer 2017. However, the program isn’t all peaches and cream.

HIV test on USB drive

Researchers at Imperial College London, who worked with DNA Electronics, developed a chip that fits on the end of a USB flash drive for a test to determine the level of HIV that’s in the blood of a person who is receiving treatment.

After you have ‘just one more’

Many Americans wake up a little green around the gills after a night of drinking and reach for the latest bottle of pills that are marketed to consumers to cure post-indulgence misery.

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Health Recalls

Undeclared eggs in certain 16-ounce Ronzoni Thin Spaghetti cartons

March 22, 2017—Riviana Foods recalled 610 cases of certain 16-ounce Ronzoni Thin Spaghetti cartons, because they might contain an egg fettuccine that isn’t listed on the label. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to eggs might have a serious or a life-threatening reaction when they eat the product.

Listeria risk in certain Fusia Szechuan stir fry

March 2, 2017—Versa Marketing recalled certain packages of Fusia Szechuan stir fry, because it might be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infections in people who have a weakened immune system.

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