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
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
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
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.