Consumer Reports’ poll found that 97% of doctors are concerned about the growing problem of drug-resistant infections–an understandable worry given that nearly a third of doctors polled have had a patient die or suffer significant complications within the last year from a multi-drug resistant infection. Those numbers are even higher for doctors who work in both outpatient and hospital settings. Some 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used not on humans but on animals … to make them grow faster and to prevent disease in often crowded and unsanitary conditions on today’s industrial farms.
Similar tactics are employed by practically all other telecom, financial and Internet companies. But Verizon Wireless has been unusually clumsy in its efforts to coax customers into abandoning their privacy. … It’s using the prospect of money-saving deals as an enticement for people agreeing to let the company peer over their shoulder. [One analyst] said programs such as Verizon Smart Rewards represent “a location gold mine” that can be used by wireless carriers for “big data analytics and advertising.” The wireless industry could be looking at nearly $2 billion in extra revenue by 2019.
“There’s nothing in California (law) that precludes companies from charging excessive rates,” said Jones, who referred to Anthem’s 9.8 percent average rate increase, which took effect on Oct. 1, as unjustified. … Insurers, primarily Anthem and Kaiser Permanente, have contributed more than $55 million to defeat Proposition 45′s bid to limit rate hikes. Meanwhile, the proponents have raised less than $3 million.
The measure would increase California’s limit on “pain and suffering” awards in medical malpractice lawsuits. The cap was set in 1975 at $250,000. Prop. 46 would raise it to $1.1 million and adjust for inflation in the future. Lawyer after lawyer turned down Adam’s parents’ malpractice case because they are expensive and not worth it due to decades-old cap. California’s cap on non-economic damages is among the lowest in the country.
Those defective cars can then spread widely to used car lots and the driveways of unsuspecting buyers. About 3.5 million recalled cars and trucks were listed for sale last year, according to Carfax. Keeping track of what cars are problematic can also prove a hassle: Stericycle, a recall consultant and service firm for automakers, said there have been 544 separate recalls announced this year, or nearly two recalls a day.