The health impacts of the economic downturn: stress begets illness

Stress due to the economic downturn is causing more of us to be irritable, angry, sleepless, and self-medicating through food.   And stress in the workplace is costing business $300 billion a year, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), due to the loss of productivity, absenteeism, turnover and increased medical costs.   The APA […]

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The Dow dropped under 10,000 in 2004, too; health reform multitasking

As the Dow dips below 10,000, one might identify a personal need for (1) a strong anti-depressant, (2) a very strong drink, or (3) a big hug. While all 3 have their places, it’s also useful to exhale (deeply, my friends), and reflect back on some history. The last time the Dow was at 10,000 […]

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A Plain Talk Express for Health Care

“When normal Americans know who the Secretary of the Treasury is, that’s notgood.”– Will Durst comedian Do Americans know who the Secretary of Health and Human Services is yet?*It’s been an intense week of on-again, off-again Congressional votes to rescue financial markets. Two remarks this week generated that Oprah lightbulb moment for me. First, I […]

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For American voters, it's all about the economy; health rises slightly against gas prices

The most important election issue to Americans is the economy, as of mid-September. The war in Iraq, the price of gas, and health care are within a few percentage points of each other in the latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, taken among voters between September 8 and 13. 56% of Americans identified the […]

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Walmart, Caterpillar, and growing brand equity in health

  George Washington ate and drank here. Now, there’s a Walmart Supercenter in that spot. There’s an important crossroads in my vicinity where four major highways meet; it’s called King of Prussia, which is the intersection of the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, US 422, and US 202. A new Walmart Supercenter opens at […]

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