Dentist Shortage in Britain

British teeth are not famed for their beauty.  There are countless jokes about British teeth on television and at comedy clubs.  Even in Mexico, protruding, discolored and generally unfortunate teeth are known as “dientes de ingles.” A serious shortage of dentists in England, however, is causing this stereotype to become reality.   The New York…

Healthcare Stats

The Healthy Policy blog has two posts (one for the insured and one for the uninsured) which offer a compendium of statistics of these two groups.  Some interesting statistics: The number of employers providing health insurance has dropped 9% in five years; from 69% in 2000 to 60% in 2005. The average insured person already…

A Heart Attack system in San Diego

You feel an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing the center of your chest.  The pain spreads to your shoulders, your neck and then your arms.  As you begin to perspire, you are suddenly overwhelmed with lightheadedness and nausea.  You are having a heart attack and you need to find help soon. If you were living in San…

Update regarding “Drugs: U.S. versus Mexico”

Earlier I posted that Mexico would pass a bill decriminalizing drug use.  Late last night, howeer,  President Vicente Fox decided not to approve the Mexican law which would have decriminalized minor drug use.  The Chicago Tribune (“Mexico’s Fox retreats…“) implied that this reversal was due significant pressure exerted by the U.S. on Mr. Fox.

Drugs: U.S. versus Mexico

Less than two weeks ago, the New York Times (“Report Illumintes Wide Divide…“) reported that FDA has denied that there are any medicinal benefits to marijuana. The article continues stating: While it has always been the drug enforcement agency’s policy to enforce laws against marijuana, [DEA spokeswomen] Ms. Waite said, “now it’s clearly out there,…

Corruption in the FDA

Pharmaceutical companies spent hundreds of millions of dollars in order to gain FDA approval for their products. A biologist at the FDA headquarters makes between $38 and $86 thousand.  The diffeence between these two sums is emormous; thus, it would not be surprising if the FDA was ripe with corruption. Sure enough, the New York…

Dubai Healthcare City

My friend and General Electric financial analyst Matt Janner is currently working in Dubai.  He has sent me some wonderful articles about the emirate and one of its newest investments: “Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC).”  Here is a brief summary of what I have gleaned from these articles. Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities…