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IRS chief warns of refund delays over budget cuts

 The Internal Revenue Service is crying poor in the face of budget cuts and weighing the possibility of its own short-term shutdown — even warning that tax refunds could be delayed next year.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen gave details Thursday on ways the tax-collection agency might try to cut costs. He said everything from taxpayer […] Read More →

The Cold-Medicine Racket

 One in four people, when buying an over-the-counter medicine to treat a headache, will go for a brand name product. Unless that person is a pharmacist. In that case, according to research from the National Bureau of Economic Research, they’ll almost certainly buy a generic version. The pharmacists know, and trust, that the drugs are […] Read More →

Health News: Software That Helps Spot Sneaky Infections

 The downside of seeking medical treatment is that it can make you sick. About 1 in 25 patients who visited a U.S. hospital in 2011 developed a hospital-acquired infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and about 75,000 died as a result. Poor hand-washing or the wrong disinfectant can spread drug-resistant bacteria […] Read More →

CDC: 16 million children can legally purchase e-cigarettes

 ATLANTA –  Sixteen million American children can legally purchase e-cigarettes, according to new estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s because of where they live among the patchwork of state regulations governing electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). According to a CDC survey of state tobacco laws, 10 states have yet to […] Read More →

WHO’s response Ebola team: Sierra Leone area to hold 2-week ‘lockdown’

 Health workers sent to Sierra Leone to investigate an alarming spike in deaths from Ebola have uncovered a grim scene: piles of bodies, overwhelmed medical personnel and exhausted burial teams. The World Health Organization says the health workers from several local and international agencies are racing to the latest Ebola hotspot, a diamond-mining area that […] Read More →

21 Natural Alternatives to the Flu Shot

Natural Society – by Christina Sarich  The CDC recently admitted that this year’s flu shot likely won’t protect you from the flu, but did it ever? Though the CDC has issued a formal apology regarding the issue for this season, flu vaccinations have long been seen as ineffective by a horde of experts. But don’t […] Read More →

Gruber: Killing ‘marginal’ babies ‘saved the government over $14 billion’

Obamacare architect advocates baby death panels. Obamacare architect and MIT professor Jonathon Gruber is in hot water after spilling the beans on the deception needed to pass the contentious health care law, which he admitted depended upon the “stupidity of the American voter.”  Now a research paper he co-authored in the ’90s regarding income-based eugenics […] Read More →

The Three-Pronged, Four-Hour Grilling of Jonathan Gruber

 Before a citizen journalist named Rich Weinstein started looking into the public life of Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor was best known to health care wonks. He knew his stuff. He was quotable. These were not widely shared characteristics during the epic debate over the Affordable Care Act. After Weinstein started clipping videos from Gruber’s many […] Read More →

Religious nonprofits challenge health law

 Faith-based nonprofit organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans are in federal court Monday challenging a birth-control compromise they say still compels them to violate their religious beliefs. The plaintiffs include a group of Colorado nuns and four Christian colleges in Oklahoma. They are already exempt from covering contraceptives under […] Read More →