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A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute sayse global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute sayse global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
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McKinsey report says obesity costs hit $2 trillion

LONDON (AP) -- A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute released Thursday that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually - nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism.

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Prescription drugs on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions, in Willingboro, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Prescription drugs on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions, in Willingboro, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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Soaring generic drug prices draw US Senate scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

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Bad credit and heart attack risk

Having bad credit may not actually give you a heart attack, but a low credit score could be indicative of the fact that you may be on your way to suffering one in the future, according to new research from Duke University.

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New custom-built bio-containment unit for potential Ebola cases at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New custom-built bio-containment unit for potential Ebola cases at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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As in Newark, hospitals improvise Ebola defenses at a cost

NEW YORK (AP) -- What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital?

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Firefighters losing the battle of the bulge

Fighting fires is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the world, but many firefighters are losing the battle of the bulge.

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The cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. (AP Photo/Schering-Plough Corp., File)
The cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. (AP Photo/Schering-Plough Corp., File)
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Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin

CHICAGO (AP) -- A major study lifts a cloud around Zetia and Vytorin, blockbuster drugs for lowering cholesterol. The study found that these pills modestly lower the risk of heart attacks and other problems in people at high risk for them - evidence that's been missing for more than a decade as the drugs racked up billions in sales.

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Brian Vincent poses in front of a large display of tobacco products at Vincent's Country Store in Westminster, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Local officials are contemplating what could be a first: a blanket ban on all forms of tobacco and e-cigarettes, leaving some shop owners fuming. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Brian Vincent poses in front of a large display of tobacco products at Vincent's Country Store in Westminster, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Local officials are contemplating what could be a first: a blanket ban on all forms of tobacco and e-cigarettes, leaving some shop owners fuming. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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NJ seeks chewing tobacco ban in schools

New Jersey lawmakers have long worked to limit where, when and which people can smoke, but another very harmful product has been overlooked.

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CDC: E-cig use increasing in high schoolers

Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

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Obamacare open enrollment begins Nov. 15

The next open enrollment period to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, begins Nov. 15. It runs through Feb. 1, 2015. Free help is available in choosing the right plan and getting coverage is important because those who don't have health care by the time the enrollment period closes will be fined.

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For some, sadness may be seasonal

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that begins and ends about the same time every year.

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