Healthcare Economy

FDA Warns of Potential Hoax Letters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning early on Friday that consumers should be on the lookout for criminals forging FDA warning letters. These letters are meant ...
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July Fourth Heat and Your Health

The fireworks may not be all that we see in the sky this Fourth of July as much of the country deals with prolonged and excessive heat due to a ...
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Fewer Americans Than Ever Are Smokers

Nearly half of adult Americans smoked in the 1960s. Since then the percentage of current smokers has declined to a new all-time low of 13.9% in 2017. And no, it's ...
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Can the Mayo Clinic Teach Trump Anger Management and Create a New Industry?

President Trump gets angry at many people and reportedly has a foul temper. His most recent target was the head of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen. He does not think she ...
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Many Face Difficult Summer as Mosquitoes and Ticks Surge

The chance that people can spend summertime in their yards, near pools and on golf courses without courting medical trouble has started to disappear. In some parts of the country, ...
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What the Opioid Epidemic Costs Employers

Spending on prescription opioids peaked in 2009 and has declined ever since. The cost of treating opioid addiction resulting from both prescription and illicit use of the drugs soared to ...
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Question for Coffee Industry: Does Beverage Cause Cancer?

A California judge ruled that one ingredient in coffee was dangerous enough to be a potential cause of cancer. Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) and other coffee makers will need to ...
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FDA Looks to Crack Down on Menthol Cigarettes and Maybe More

Smoking seems to be the next hot topic with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with the agency now looking to cut out some flavors of cigarettes. While nothing ...
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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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