Tag: Health

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Are drug prices really soaring?

Congress is up in arms about soaring drug prices. A study by the Government Accountability Office finds that the price of brand-name prescription drugs soared at an annual rate of 8.3% from 2006 through the first quarter of 2010. That’s … Continue reading

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Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Cheap willpower

Losing weight requires an inordinate amount of willpower. That’s why despite heavy our investments in pills, diets, exercise regimes and even the odd psychic, most of us just keep bulking up. By now, over two thirds of Americans are either … Continue reading

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Friday, February 11th, 2011

The price of malaria

This stunning chart is in Bill Gates’ annual letter. It shows that people in countries with a heavier burden of infectious disease tend to have a lower I.Q. Apparently this is due to several factors. Malaria directly damages the brain … Continue reading

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Monday, December 6th, 2010

The Price of Health

American healthcare wasn’t always vastly more expensive than everywhere else in the world. Something happened in the 1980s that sent spending on health through the roof. Unfortunately,  it didn’t improve our life expectancy much. Thanks to Marginal Revolution for the pointer.

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