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Daily Briefing: Health Costs of Obesity vs. Smoking: Obesity Wins. We Lose.

Daily Briefing: Health Costs of Obesity vs. Smoking: Obesity Wins. We Lose.

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Obesity: Obese workers' health care costs are higher than smokers', according to new research on 30,000 Mayo Clinic employees and retirees who had health insurance, HealthDay News reports.

The New Yorker's James Surowiecki examines the economics underlying a boom in medical tourism as Americans flock to clinics in Thailand and Costa Rica in search of cheaper medical care.

Infant Health: Sleep-deprived new moms will be happy to learn that a morning cup of caffeinated coffee won't disturb their babies' sleep according to new research, Amy Norton reports for Reuters Health.

Romneycare: Massachusetts' health reform program isn't the budget-buster many politicians have called it; rather, a new study shows that the state is spending an extra 1.4 percent of its budget to insure almost all residents, Martha Bebinger reports for WBUR.

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