Medicare plans that charge more costly co-payments for branded or nonpreferred drugs often influence seniors not to buy the medicines prescribed to them, researchers conclude. The study found that people enrolled in three-tiered plans filled almost 15% fewer prescriptions than those with single-tiered plans, while incurring higher out-of-pocket costs for their medical needs.
More food manufacturers are introducing foods aimed at children with food allergies or intolerances. Among new options are gluten-free snacks, cookies and cereals, and products that don't contain any wheat, dairy, soy, fish, sesame, sulfites, shellfish or eggs.
Online tools for managing medical bills and health records can help consumers get organized and work with their insurance companies. Makers of the services say the Web-based tools can be updated with new features as e-health evolves.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., promised to implement an open process involving the American people to enact universal health care. He says he would announce a health care reform package within his first 100 days and would form a bipartisan commission to draft details.
Increasing awareness and diagnoses are making celiac disease a more common ailment. The corresponding rise in the number of gluten-free products and restaurants has made it easier for celiac patients to manage their disease.