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    The government is making an increasing number of expensive life-saving or life extending drugs and devices available to more people, but is that the right thing to do and can we afford it, anyway?

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    Health care is an emotional subject for many Americans — and often one of extremes.  Yet, as we obssess about the system's structure and cost, we neglect our own health. Obesity and high blood pressure are more common, while exercise and diet are overlooked.  Our special report, "Healthy Business", explores these issues.

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    Health-conscious U.S. consumers  are buying hundreds of millions of dollars of so-called superfruits annually, even as critics contend their nutritional benefits are overblown and, in some cases, nonexistent.

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    French politicians are up in arms against proposals that would force those benefiting from state aid to do community service hours, which in the country's legal system are part of a list of punishments for those condemned for crimes such as damaging goods, petty theft or insulting the police.

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    After seeing old age or illness deplete their parents life savings, more baby boomer are signing up for long-term care coverage.

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    Much like housing years ago, food has become something bigger than itself. It's about far more than sustenance. It's about commodities trading, global trade, energy, biotechnology and government policy. Our special report, "Food Economics, explores all of those dimensions.

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    With commodities prices shy high, most in Washington want to cut agricuktural aid, including billions in direct payments that go to many farmers annually regardless of need,

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    With both global food prices and concerns about food safety on the rise, technology is playing a more important role in the economics of the world’s food supply.

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    Developing alternative fuels takes money and policies as much as it does will and time.  Take NASA as an example.

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    "The idea that Congress is so dysfunctional that they can't cut their budget by more than 1% or 2%, when you contrast that to the re-pricing of the entire housing stock for the U.S., it's a complete disconnect."  ...A report from TheStreet.

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    While all states, private insurers and the federal Medicare program decide what to cover, this state’s program is attracting nationwide attention, in part because its process is public and open, reports  the New York Times reports.

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    The mortgage market is currently mired in policy and politics that could directly affect buyer decisions on Main Street, at a time when the housing market remains in a slump.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    One thing anyone with a high public profile and responsibility for delivering policy needs to remember is that if you don't want to unwittingly stick your foot in it, the best policy surely is to keep you mouth tightly shut.