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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?

  • Cost of healthcare

    Expected government cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, the uncertainty of health care reform and looming patent expirations are weighing heavily on the outlook of the biggest companies in the sector: large-cap pharmaceutical stocks.

  • Gluten-free Rice Chex and Arrowroot Cookies marked Gluten-Free. From a Safeway store in Bethesda, Maryland.

    Among the crowded ranks of healthy food trends -- quinoa, farm-to-table, whole whole grains — one food category is growing into a genuine, industry juggernaut: gluten-free.

  • Acai Berries

    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.

  • Healthy Business - A CNBC Special Report

    The Centers for Disease Control considers obesity in America an epidemic; more than one out of three adults and 17 percent of all children are technically overweight to the point of obesity.

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    American spends more on health care than any other country. Do you know where it goes?

  • For a city with an aging population, a baby boom should be good news. But the one under way in Hong Kong is the result of women travelling across the border from mainland China to give birth in the city, and it is provoking an angry backlash. The FT reports.

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    Over the last 20 years, Americans have witnessed unprecedented advances in care of hospitalized patients. Improved diagnostic procedures, quantum leaps in medical technology, enhanced treatments and a public now familiar with the concept of preventative medical care all mean that healthcare – especially in the hospital – has changed to meet the health care needs of today’s patients.

  • Eli Lilly

    Eli Lilly will continue to buy biopharma and animal health companies in order to grow after patents on some of its best-selling drugs expire, its chief executive said Thursday.

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    With stocks shrugging off the wall of worry in the first quarter, the second quarter could prove to be a less rewarding time for those long equity markets as central banks begin to tighten policy via rate hikes or withdrawing extraordinary measures.

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    In another sign the American economy is on the comeback trail, a new survey from KPMG shows optimism is improving among U.S. manufacturing and service industry executives. Executives in both key sectors say the worst is behind us.

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    Telemedicine has attracted major investments from some of the nation's largest companies over the past year. And it has been endorsed by doctors and care takers who believe patients fare better at home.

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    Despite piles of research on the skin cancer risks of sun exposure and tanning beds, dermatologists and cancer groups struggle to persuade people to protect their skin from ultraviolet rays.

  • Man with Alzheimer

    The aging of America is taking a toll on the health care system. By 2050, the cost of treating Alzheimer's patients will hit $1 trillion a year.

  • Strawberry Shortcakes

    With 12 million Americans allergic to one food item or another, sales of specialty foods are soaring.

  • Refrigerators stand on display at a Conn's Inc. store in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012.

    The average US refrigerator is 15 percent larger than 30 years ago, and one out of four homes has a second one. See a problem?