Healthcare Economy

US Opioid Crisis Cost: $1 Trillion and Counting

In his recent fiscal year 2019 federal budget proposal, President Trump added $3 billion in 2018 federal spending to combat the country's opioid crisis and $10 billion in 2019. The ...
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Drugs, Alcohol, Suicide Causes of Low US Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for residents of the 30 developed countries that comprise the Organization for Economic and Community Development (OECD) is 80.3 years. The life expectancy for a U.S. ...
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Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan Combine to Lower Health Care Costs

In an announcement Tuesday morning that is roiling health care provider stocks, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A), and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) said the ...
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Is the World Health Organization Kicking Older People to the Curb?

This past November the World Health Organization (WHO) released a draft of its "thirteenth general programme of work" for the period 2019 through 2023. The draft includes no references to ...
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US Life Expectancy Fell Last Year: Official CDC Announcement

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the life expectancy of Americans fell last year. This is the agency's official announcement: Data from the National Vital Statistics ...
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Americans Favor Government-Mandated Health Care Again: Gallup

Between 2000 and 2008, an average of 62% of Americans polled annually by Gallup said they thought that it was government's responsibility to make sure that all Americans had health ...
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Short Sellers Grow More Selective on Major Biotechs

The short interest data are out for the most recent settlement date, October 31. Generally speaking, companies within the biotech industry are considered to be a riskier group of stocks, ...
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Polluted Air, Water Cost 9 Million Lives in 1 Year

In 2015, 9 million people died prematurely as a result of pollution. That's 16% of all human deaths worldwide for the year — three times more than deaths from AIDS, ...
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Why Exercise, Any Exercise, Is Beneficial to the Brain

Doing aerobic activities, no matter how often or intense, contribute to mental wellness and provide protection against depression, according to the findings of a recently published study by the American ...
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Gallup Poll Finds Rates of Regular Exercise Rising in US Communities

The United States may be among the most obese nations in the world, but there is good news when it comes to those who exercise in America. Those exercising 30 ...
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How Much Does Modern Medicine Cut the Number of Early Deaths?

Modern medicine is succeeding in reducing the number of early deaths, according to new data from British medical journal Lancet. The past 37 years have seen declining rates of communicable, ...
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Cities and States With the Most (and Least) Uninsured Residents

In 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) was passed, there were 48.6 million Americans of all ages who had no health insurance coverage. By the first ...
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Mortalities From Car Crashes Represent 2.4% of World’s Deaths

The deadliest parts of the world for road crashes tended to be in South America, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, while the safest area is Europe, according to ...
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1.5 Million Americans a Year Make Medication Errors

As more drugs become available to treat more conditions in more Americans, the number of mistakes related to taking both prescription and over-the-counter medications has inexorably risen. From 1.09 serious ...
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Government Share of ACA Premium Hikes Adds $194 Billion to Federal Deficit

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) issued a report Tuesday on the effect of terminating payments of cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) to ...
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