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Heartburn? Settle your stomach, relieve your wallet
Just in time for the holidays, when many of us may suffer from occasional heartburn, a new Best Buy Drugs report from Consumer Reports Health finds that you probably don’t need an expensive drug like Nexium, the “purple pill,” for relief.

The new report uses comparative effectiveness research to identify “Best Buys” based on safety, effectiveness and price for Proton Pump Inhibitors, a class of drugs to treat heartburn and stomach acid reflux. The report found that no one drug works better than another and that all are relatively safe. However, some PPIs are far more expensive than others.

Last year, U.S. consumers and their insurance companies spent $4.8 billion on Nexium, one of six PPIs currently available, making “the purple pill” the second highest-selling drug in 2008, behind Lipitor. It’s no wonder: a month’s supply of Nexium has a retail price tag of up to $240 a month, compared to just $24 a month for an over-the-counter PPI.


This H1N1 flu virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person to person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.

A flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu infection. For this flu season, we have the seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1 flu vaccine to protect us against the circulating flu viruses.

There are also everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like the flu. Healthy behaviors such as covering one’s coughs and sneezes, frequent handwashing and staying out of contact with sick individuals are also important actions that prevent the virus’ spread.

Many people approach vaccinations with caution. Here are some tips that may help you answer the question, “Should I be vaccinated?”

• I have flu-like symptoms, but have not seen a doctor or taken any medication for it. Should I be vaccinated?


(SPM Wire) Many exercise equipment advertisers make bold claims that should be taken with a grain of salt.

“There is still no ‘miracle machine’ that will give you the body of a fitness model in just a few minutes per day,” says David Swain, Ph.D., FACSM, whose assertions appear in a recent issue of a journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Consumers should be wary of these claims:

Excessive calorie burn: It’s impossible to burn, say, twice the number of calories on a specialty machine as on a treadmill. The body has a limit on how many calories can be burned in an exercise session.

Fitness fast: Brief high-intensity exercise can improve maximum power more than low-intensity exercise, but cannot improve all areas of fitness in just a few minutes.


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