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9 Ways the Sequester Will Affect You

The sequester will be tough on government employees, and on those whose jobs are directly supported by them. But even if you don't run a Jiffy Lube across the street from a military base, you still need to be prepared. Here's are eight unexpected ways the sequester will likely touch your life.

Tainted Tuna: Why Food Poisoning from Fish Is No Fluke

When it comes to eating healthily, fish has a great reputation. But recent studies show that mislabeling, food poisoning, overuse of antibiotics and a host of other factors may be transforming fish into the most dangerous thing on the menu.

Whoa, Smoking! FDA Has Put the Brakes on New Tobacco Products

Tobacco companies have introduced almost no new cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products in the U.S. in more than 18 months because the FDA has prevented them from doing so -- an unprecedented pause for an industry that historically has introduced dozens of new products annually.

Flawed Food Inspections Are Putting You at Risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control, food-borne illnesses sicken more than 15% of Americans every year, causing approximately 3,000 deaths and 128,000 hospitalizations -- and the numbers are getting worse. But how are these tainted foods getting past our food inspectors? You won't like the answer.

Court Strikes Down Graphic Warnings for Cigarettes

A U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a law that requires tobacco companies to use graphic health warnings, such as of a man exhaling smoke through a hole in his throat. The ruling sets up the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on the dispute.

Cigarette Warning Labels Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

New research shows that forcing smokers to look at scary warning labels doesn't make them less likely to buy cigarettes. In fact, it may make them more likely to. Are anti-tobacco advocates wasting their money and effort on a pointless campaign?

Surprise! Your Tax Burden Is Lighter Than You Think

With all the talk about taxes and whether we should lower them, you'd think that the citizens and corporations of the United States face steep tax rates. You'd be wrong, though. When it comes to taxes, things are not as they appear.

Coke's New Juice Flavor: Fungicide?

Coca-Cola has never shied away from trying new variations of its classic beverage. The company also is known for adding flavorful twists like lime and lemon to its drinks. But last week, both Coke and archrival Pepsi revealed that a more disturbing addition had made its way into their drinks: fungicide.

FDA Revisits Safety of Newer Birth Control Drugs

Birth control drugs that were heavily promoted as having fewer side effects are now under scrutiny from the FDA in the wake of new research suggesting that they are more likely to cause blood clots than older drugs.

The Middle-Class Squeeze: Falling Wealth, Rising Costs

It's no secret that many middle-class families are in a financial bind, caught between rising costs and falling incomes. But according to recent government reports, the middle-class squeeze is not a recent development, and isn't likely to disappear anytime soon.

Dirty Packing Plant to Blame for Melon Listeria Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday outlined a chain of causes for the cantaloupe-generated listeria outbreak, saying that traces of the bacteria in the growing fields probably spread by truck to an unsanitary packing plant.

Total Recall: Cars and Cantaloupes, Tents and Cribs

This week's recalls include more possibly listeria-tainted cantaloupe, VW cars with leaky engines, IKEA children's tents that could break and injure their young occupants, and drop-side cribs from J.C. Penney whose drop-side rails can detach suddenly. Here's the rundown:

Was Dr. Oz's Apple Juice 'Crisis' a Ratings Ploy?

Last week, TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz took on apple juice, declaring that the classic drink may be slowly poisoning America's children with arsenic. But the FDA and the juice companies have credibly refuted his claims. So was Dr. Oz's announcement meant to be a legitimate health warning, or a just cynical attempt to boost ratings?

Why Sugar Is Suing High Fructose Corn Syrup

When you need to give yourself a whole new image, there's nothing like changing your name. Which may be why high fructose corn syrup, the scourge of dieticians and dieters everywhere, wants to rebrand itself "corn sugar." But there's one big obstacle: the sugar industry, which is going to court to protect its good name.

How Safe Are the Drugs in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Do you want your new prescription drugs to be made under last century's oversight? Like it or not, that's likely what you're getting -- or worse -- because increasingly, Americans' medicines are made overseas in place where the oversight isn't up to U.S. standards.

My 3 Cents: When Is Food Organic vs. Natural?

Last year, grocery sales were up a modest 1.8%, yet sales of organic items more than doubled that growth rate, up 4.4%. Clearly, we're shopping differently. But are we even sure what an "organic" or "all natural" label means? It's more complicated than you might think.