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January 2, 2013
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  • Early signs of heart problems seen in military autopsies
    An analysis of autopsy reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars found that nearly 9% of the service members who died had plaque buildup in their coronary arteries. Obesity, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure were linked to greater odds of plaque buildup among service members, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lawmakers sign off on Tricare prescription cost increases
    Increases to Tricare prescription copayments will go into effect Feb. 1 under a plan agreed to by House and Senate conferees. They mostly accepted the House version of the plan, which included more modest fee hikes. Medications at military pharmacies will remain free, but fees for prescriptions for brand-name drugs filled at retail outlets and via mail will rise. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Review: Slightly obese patients show lower mortality risk
    Overweight and slightly obese participants showed a 6% lower mortality risk compared with their normal-weight counterparts, according to a CDC analysis of almost 100 studies. However, morbid obesity was still associated with a nearly 30% increased risk of dying, researchers said. Reuters (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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