Healthcare Economy


The 5 Thinnest States in America

Ballooning weight has been listed as a major cause of heart disease, diabetes and perhaps cancer. That has not prevented some Americans from becoming grossly fat, while some are only ...
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Why Global Pharma Profits Should Keep Rising

With  2016 being a U.S. presidential election year, there has been an endless debate over drug pricing and the government's lack of ability to negotiate with drug companies. If Moody's ...
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Centene Data Debacle Affects 950,000 Customers

Health insurance provider Centene Corp. (NYSE: CNC) said on Monday that the company is conducting an "ongoing comprehensive internal search for six hard drives" that failed to turn up during ...
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Fitch Ratings Weighs In on the ACA

An omnibus spending bill signed into law on December 18 provides U.S. health insurers with a short-term reprieve by delaying the levy of three key Affordable Care Act (ACA) corporate ...
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Biotech Industry Study Reports Big Gains in M&A, IPOs

Markets for both initial public offerings (IPOs) and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the biotech sector have been red-hot since last year. The biopharmaceutical industry posted $202 billion in M&A ...
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CDC Reports Continued Drop in Number of Uninsured Americans

In terms of health coverage, the number of uninsured Americans is dropping. That is the word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and it is close to ...
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Marijuana Use Doubles in 10 Years

Legal or not, marijuana use has doubled in the period which started in 2001/2002 and ended in 2012/2013. Unfortunately, so did abuse and dependence. Although new research on the subject did ...
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What Johns Hopkins Study Reveals About Premature Births Near Fracking Wells

A new study published recently by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health has linked an increase in premature births to a mother’s proximity to active, fracked natural ...
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Massive Numbers Aged 20 to 35 Still Go Without Health Insurance

The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau on poverty, health insurance and income for 2014 shows that the rates of those going without health insurance is coming down in ...
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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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