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Taxing Tobacco to Reduce Smoking

As smoking as dropped in developed countries, tobacco companies, which include Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM), have focused on developing countries and the third world. If the World Health ...
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CBO Cost Assumptions of Repealing Affordable Care Are Very Back-End Loaded

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is supposed to be mostly independent of politics in its forecast. That being said, some might agree and some might disagree about how independent their ...
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Protests Against Monsanto in 400 Cities

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are bad for people, the environment, and water supplies, at least. This is according to the protestors involved in the "March Against Monsanto." Their protests cover ...
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More Than a Billion People Smoke Tobacco

In a piece of news that should hearten the cigarette industry and send chills down the spines of world health officials, a new study claims that a billion adults smoke tobacco ...
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American Obesity Rate Tops 27%

Heart disease, obesity and diabetes have become epidemics in America. Those trends should not improve soon, as obesity levels hit 27.7% last year. The drag on the American health industry ...
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Can Twitter Predict Heart Disease?

In a study about how activity on the social media network run by Twitter Inc. (NASDAQ: TWTR) can predict health outcomes, researchers found tweets on the network can predict heart disease ...
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Oil Price Collapse Hurting Some More Than Others

By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com U.S. oil and gas rig counts dropped to their lowest level in over four years, falling by an additional 74 units for the week ending ...
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Nurses Are the Most Trusted People in America

Nurses are the most trusted workers in America, based on honesty and ethical standards. As would make sense, doctors are second. According to a new survey from researchers at Gallup: ...
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43 Million Americans Have Unpaid Medical Bills

According to a new study from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), 42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills. It is unclear how much this contributes to high health care ...
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Norway’s Oil Decline Accelerating

By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com New oil projects are being scrapped in Norway amid falling production and low oil prices. Long held up as the model for managing oil abundance, ...
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The Devastating Cost of Alzheimer’s Care

Providing care for a parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia costs $20,000 or more for 42% of Americans. About a third of those pay $30,000 or ...
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Ebola Virus

New Ebola Fears in NYC Make Major Ebola Stock Waves (Updated)

Just when you thought the Ebola virus outbreak risk was dwindling down... Fresh headlines from Dow Jones and the New York post have put the markets on Ebola watch all ...
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Ebola Virus

Ebola Outbreak Could Cost $32 Billion — World Bank

So far, the Ebola virus has affected as many as tens of thousands of people, mostly in Africa. Several thousands have died. But there are continual warnings that the spread ...
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How Ebola Could Cost the World $32 Billion by End of 2015

The Ebola outbreak has so far been limited, even before considering the reported cases in the United States and Spain. Still, it has been disastrous in Africa and it could ...
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Alarming Health Care Spending Forecasts as Percentage of GDP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has projected that the current number of uninsured people is expected to decrease. The actuary report signaled that there will also be ...
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