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The average increase in California is smaller than the double-digit hikes expected around the nation, due largely to a healthier mix of enrollees and more competition in its marketplace. Still, health insurance prices keep growing faster than wages and general inflation.

My love affair with spicy food came to a sad end a few years ago. Age-- and I'm guessing too many jalapenos-- have left me prone to heartburn if I eat meals with a fiery flare. My doctor says there's no underlying condition causing the problem, and advises me to avoid the foods that seem to trigger symptoms.

Dietary guidelines recommend that most adult Americans get 25 to 38 grams of fiber a day, depending on their age and sex, which is more fiber than many people get. Getting more whole grains and fiber in your life is easier and tastier than you think. The key is to work more fiber-rich plant foods into your...