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Director, Ohio Department of Aging

Health care fraud causes consumers major financial problems. The most recent estimate is that consumers lose more than $10 billion each year to health care fraud, but it is not just about losing money - lives are at stake. Health care fraud can make you sick or hurt you. From unsafe drugs sold on the Internet as a “cure” for cancer, to wheelchair offers that try to bilk consumers out of millions of dollars for unneeded equipment, health care fraud is everyone’s concern.

Health care fraud has many faces, such as billing by unscrupulous health care providers for unnecessary services or care they did not provide, billing for products not delivered, duplicate billings and more. We all pay the price for health care fraud, errors and abuse through higher insurance premiums, increased costs for medical services and equipment and greater expenses for Medicare and Medicaid.

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Not sure just how long it’s safe to keep that potato salad out your summertime picnics?

Consumers can get immediate answers to food safety questions by calling Ohio State University Extension’s Food Safety Hotline at 1-800-752-2751 (toll-free in Ohio).

The hotline, sponsored since 1985 by Ohio State’s Food Industries Center, has had limited capacity to respond quickly to consumer questions. With new sponsorship from Kroger, it will be staffed daily by personnel from the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and trained Ohio State students, supported by experts from the departments of Food Science & Technology and Human Nutrition.

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Keep your sunny side up…
People who seed their life with frequent moments of positive emotions increase their resilience against challenges, according to a new study by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist and colleagues.

The study, “Happiness Unpacked: Positive Emotions Increase Life Satisfaction by Building Resilience,” appeared in the June issue of the bimonthly journal Emotion.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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