Readers Write: ’28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge,’ health care costs and HCMC, Line 3 pipeline replacement, winter weather implications

As a registered dietitian nutritionist who has specialized in weight management for the past 24 years, I had to express my concern for the Variety section’s “28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge.” Although research tells us that Americans eat too much sugar, for many people these kinds of food challenges tend to increase food fears and food obsessions….

Japan Health-Care Stocks Shake Off a Sickly Phase

Japan’s health-care stocks are back. Short-sellers have packed up shop, and value investors are nosing around for opportunities. The sector has risen 7 percent this year, outpacing a 5 percent gain in the broader Topix index. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., which accounts for almost a fifth of the MSCI Japan health-care index, is up 18 percent. The Japanese…

Veterans Will Have More Access to Private Health Care Under New V.A. Rules

Critics fear that private health care, which tends to have higher costs than government-provided care, will force the department to cut corners elsewhere. Trump has instructed his cabinet secretaries to cut each department’s budget, and a prior budget agreement that lifted caps on spending is set to expire soon, leading many to wonder if Veterans…