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Big Pharma Jacks Prices for The New Year 
Drug price increases continue to outstrip inflation by a significant margin, while the evidence of price gouging continues to accrue, along with plump industry profits. It would seem the rich get richer while the poor get sicker. Ars Technica looks at the figures: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/big-pharma-celebrates-new-year-by-raising-prices-on-over-250-drugs/

At the same time, some major health insurers, fed up with spiraling pharmaceutical prices, are collaborating to fight back. The partnership has initiated a nonprofit organization aimed at producing popular medications which can sell for a much lower cost. Again, Ars Technica reports: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/sick-of-big-pharmas-pricing-health-insurers-pledge-55m-for-cheap-generics/

Do Vegan Diets Impact Intelligence? 
While the findings are not without controversy, much of the research to date has suggested that vegans have a hard time avoiding a cognitive hit from their lifestyle. The BBC investigates: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200127-how-a-vegan-diet-could-affect-your-intelligence

Counterfeit Refrigerator Water Filters – A Health Hazard 
It has come to light that many of the replacement water filters for popular refrigerators sold online are counterfeits, some posing real health risks. Even generally accepted sites like Amazon or eBay are host to such products. The Oregonian details why the buyer should beware: https://www.oregonlive.com/business/2020/01/buy-a-new-refrigerator-water-filter-it-might-be-a-dangerous-fake.html