Manufacturing represents 11% of the US economy today but it accounts for 70% of industry-funded R&D & employs 36% of the nation’s engineers.
The total economic cost of overweight and obesity in the United States is $270 billion per year while the cost in Canada is about $30 billion a year, a new study shows. The $300 billion total cost in the United States and Canada is the result of: increased need for medical care ($127 billion); loss of worker productivity due to higher rates of death ($49 billion); loss of productivity due to disability of active workers ($43 billion); and loss of productivity due to total disability ($72 billion), said the Society of Actuaries (SOA).
We need a national policy on obesity.
Alcohol saves lives on balance. Here’s why.
The NIAAA calculates that if all drinkers in the U.S. became abstainers, there would be an additional 80,000 deaths per year. Abstaining dramatically increases the risks of heart attack, ichemic stroke, and many other diseases and life-threatening conditions. 1 The CDC calculates that abusive drinking lead to about 75,766 deaths from all causes in 2001, a number that continues to decline. Therefore, these analyses indicate that moderate alcohol consumption saves more lives than are lost as a result of alcohol abuse.
health care costs for smokers were about $326,000 from age 20 on, compared to about $417,000 for thin and healthy people. The reason: The thin, healthy people lived much longer.
France has $36,500 GDP/Capita and works 1,453 hours per year. This equates to a GDP/Capita/Hour of $25.10. Americans, on the other hand, have $44,150 GDP/Capita but work 1,792 hours per year. Thus Americans only achieve $24.60 of GDP/Capita/Hour.
Crazy that the French may be more efficient on an hourly basis.
when you also consider the labor-force participation rate and the so-called “birth-death series” that measures business starts and failures, the real U.S. unemployment rate is now 20%.
A recent poll has shown that far more people are in agreement with the Occupy Wall Street movement than are opposed to it
EPA’s own studies found that tighter rules could save 12,000 lives a year. But EPA also estimated businesses would pay up to $90 million to make the air cleaner.
At that cost, it seems obvious that these rules should be implemented.
That’s 7500$ per life. I’d say that’s worth it.