Category Archives: Demographics

US physicians’ annual economic influence: $2.3 trillion and 12.6 million jobs. Makes me view my GP, specialists in an entirely new light.

The News: Physicians support 12.6 million jobs in the US–17.1 jobs each–and contribute $2.3 trillion to the economy, according to a new report from the American Medical Association (pdf) (AMA)…. Read more »

Boomer anti-aging alert: study says eating leafy greens daily makes you 11 years younger, cognitively.

The News: While cognitive abilities naturally decline with age, eating one serving of leafy green vegetables a day may aid in preserving memory and thinking skills as a person grows… Read more »

Alarming Harvard study predicts over half of US children will be obese by age 35. Time to embrace the “Nanny State?”

The News: Nearly three in five children in the US today are destined to be obese when they reach their 35th birthday, according to a new projection that Reuters reports…. Read more »

Gilead makes breakout M&A move; buys CAR-T wunderkind Kite Pharma for $12 billion.

The News: Gilead Sciences Inc. (Foster City CA) announced it would buy cancer-immune therapy company Kite Pharma Inc. (Santa Monica CA) for about $11.9 billion to bolster its hugely successful but… Read more »

East Coast reigns supreme in Best Hospitals rankings; what purpose does it really serve?

The News: For the second consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, claimed the number one spot in the annual honor roll of best hospitals published by US News and… Read more »

Americans are sicker, die younger while spending the most on health care; what South Korea can teach us.

The News: Typically, the more a developed country spends on health care, the longer its people live. The US, which spends the most on health care, defies that tendency another… Read more »

US Surgeon General sounds alarm on e-cigarettes, teens; but report shows gross misunderstanding of entire subject

The U.S. surgeon general in a report released on Thursday (December 8, 2016) called for action to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people, noting they have overtaken cigarettes… Read more »

Facebook possibly associated with greater longevity; good news or wishful thinking?

As our social lives have moved onto social media networks like Facebook over the past decade, there’s been a lot of research conducted and ensuing debate over what affect all… Read more »

Regular Exercise Saves $2,500/Yr for People with Heart Disease; That’s Real Money for Most of Us.

Getting recommended levels of exercise weekly may help keep down annual medical costs both for people with and without cardiovascular disease, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association. Patients… Read more »