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Today's Top Medical Stories for Friday, December 6, 2013

Eating healthy will cost you.. and why measles is still a threat.
Fifty years after the highly effective measles vaccine was approved, the virus is still killing more than 400 children a day worldwide.  Health officials at the CDC say people infected overseas are sparking  outbreaks with un-vaccinated people in the US, including infants.  In 2013, at least 175  cases of measles were reported in the U.S., that's almost 3 times the year before.

There is better news about  strokes.  The American Heart Association reports stroke deaths in the U.S. have dropped dramatically in recent decades.   Researchers say improved awareness has prompted millions of Americans to watch their blood pressure, stop smoking, exercise more and eat less salt.

Eating healthy comes with a hefty price tag..  Harvard University researchers  analyzed 27 studies from 10 high income countries.  They  found diets rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts cost about $1.50 a day more than the least healthy ones.  That adds up to about $550 a year per person which experts say can put a significant burden on some families.

(Vinita Nair, CBS News)

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