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Parents Deal with the High Cost of Food Allergies

Parents Deal with the High Cost of Food Allergies

Tooga/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Having a child with a food allergy can not only be tough on the child, it can be expensive for the parents.  The cost of a food allergy in an average American child is more than $4,000 a year, according to a new survey…

National Gas Average Falls to $3.43

National Gas Average Falls to $3.43

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Gas prices are continuing on downward trends heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.It’s not a huge decline, but gas prices are down two cents more in the past week. The average price of regular unleaded gas is no…

Study Reveals the Costs of a Heart Attack

Study Reveals the Costs of a Heart Attack

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. If you’re lucky enough to survive a heart attack, then you know that your health is not the only thing that takes the hit. Heart attacks can hurt your f…

Shrinking Products: Paying the Same for Less

Shrinking Products: Paying the Same for Less

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Big brands are selling smaller products for the same price and one of the many consumers noticing the differences and alerting others is not even old enough to drive.“I usually feel cheated because I’m paying the same …

Arizona Hospital’s $80,000 Bill Stings Worse Than Scorpion Venom

Arizona Hospital’s $80,000 Bill Stings Worse Than Scorpion Venom

Hemera/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — An Arizona woman was shocked when her brush with a scorpion led to a stinging $83,046 hospital bill.Marcie Edmonds, 52, called the poison control center an hour after a bark scorpion stung her in the stomach while she was …

Education Department Introduces College Cost ‘Window Stickers’

Education Department Introduces College Cost ‘Window Stickers’

JupiterImages/Comstock Images(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Education has released a new tool it says will help consumers understand the costs of higher education before making the choice of whether, and where, to enroll.Dubbed the “Shopping S…

Dental Plans: Why Americans Are Paying More for Less

Dental Plans: Why Americans Are Paying More for Less

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With all the attention paid to affordable health care, experts say standard dental coverage has changed little over the last 20 years while leading to greater out-of-pocket costs for consumers.As with the rising cost…

Cars Cost More to Operate But Keep Their Value

Cars Cost More to Operate But Keep Their Value

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Americans should appreciate the fact that their two-and-three-year-old cars are hardly depreciating in value.Auto club AAA’s annual report on the cost of owning and operating a vehicle finds that because the economy …

Patients in the Dark on Medical Costs, Study Finds

Patients in the Dark on Medical Costs, Study Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — A new study has put a spotlight on the astonishing disparities in what Americans pay for health care.  For example, an uncomplicated surgery to have the appendix removed could cost much more than you migh…

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