Health

3:23pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Portland, Ore., Becomes Latest Fluoride Battleground

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 3:58 pm

Demonstrator China Starshine holds up signs outside of City Hall in Portland last week.
Ross William Hamilton The Oregonian/AP

Over jeers and cheers from the audience, commissioners on the Portland, Ore., City Council voted Wednesday to add fluoride to the city's drinking water starting in 2014.

Portland is the largest American city that doesn't add fluoride to its drinking water. But some groups have raised questions about the possible risks from fluoridation and oppose its use.

Read more

12:56pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

More Americans Have Health Insurance, But Not Many More

Census Bureau

The nation's official measure of health insurance coverage turned positive for the first time in quite a while.

The Census Bureau reported a decline in the number of Americans without coverage in 2011. But the ranks of the uninsured remain pretty high.

All told, 48.6 million people, or 15.7 percent of the population, had no health insurance last year, down 1.4 million from 50 million in 2010.

Read more

10:20am

Wed September 12, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Cheap Can Lipitor Get? Try Free

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 11:46 am

Generic versions of Lipitor, like these made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, are now free at some retailers, as long as you have a prescription.
Bill Gallery AP

Since cholesterol-fighter Lipitor went generic late last year, the price has plunged.

You can pick up atorvastatin, the generic version of Lipitor, starting at about 50 cents a pill, if you buy a month's supply at Costco. A year ago, the brand-name version went for $3.50 and up per dose. And the brand-name pills still cost around $4.28 at Costco.

Read more

3:42pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Where Traffic Noise Takes A Toll On Health

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:29 am

How much does noisy traffic in Atlanta affect people's health?
David Goldman AP

Living next to a noisy highway can be annoying. The racket can also disrupt your sleep.

Too many bad nights' sleep can raise the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and other ailments.

Read more

2:02pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Insurance Costs Rise, But More Slowly

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 5:44 am

Heath coverage will cost you more than last year, but not as much as it might have.
iStockphoto.com

If you get health insurance on the job, chances are it cost more again this year.

Annual family health insurance premiums rose about 4 percent to $15,745 in 2012, according to the latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust.

Read more

Pages