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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State of the U.S. Med Tech Industry: still innovating, but tight credit markets could slow innovation and deal-making

Medical technology is one of the most innovative sectors in the U.S. economy. The market is fueled by aging populations, expanding chronic conditions, and a forecasted growth in demand for companion diagnostics to use in concert with personalized, targeted therapies. In its detailed update, Pulse of the industry: US medical technology report 2008, Ernst & […]

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Must-see TV — Critical Condition: four very personal stories on being American and uninsured

The sixth leading cause of death in the United States is the lack of health insurance, according to Critical Condition, a new documentary on the perils of being uninsured in the U.S. Being uninsured beats diabetes and HIV/AIDS on the Top Ten List of causes of death in America, according ot the Institute of Medicine. […]

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Seniors grab brands for Part D, and generics for self-pay

Seniors are acting like true, Adam Smith-style Rational Economic Man and Woman when it comes to their behavior as Medicare Part D enrollees. They go for the more expensive prescription drug brands when covered by the government; once getting to the ‘donut hole,’ though, seniors opt for lower-cost generics.   Medco Health discovered this in […]

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