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An aching, aging population will provide plenty of biz for physical therapists

Amid ongoing coverage of a tepid jobs market, it’s difficult to ignore on that offers double-digit growth in the coming years:  The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting that demand for physical therapists will grow a whopping 36 percent between 2012 and 2022. According to the BLS, the median physical therapist — “help injured or ill people […]

Truckers, tote boards, tattoos and tequila:  Stories to localize in May
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Truckers, tote boards, tattoos and tequila: Stories to localize in May

May is another one of those action-packed month for business features that can tie into a number of industries or beats, and I wanted to provide some food for thought and resources about upcoming events you might want to localize. Place your bets.  Saturday’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is a big day for […]

Helath Clinics Seattle Times
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Doctors, clinics and the pent-up demand from newly insured patients

President Obama last week relished his announcement that some 8 million people already have signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and that milestone sets the stage for a number of business angles related to the demand for and delivery of  health care services: Where’s the pent-up demand?  Curiously, a number […]

Autism Business
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As autism prevalence soars, which businesses strive to accommodate?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an amazing statistic last week:  One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder – up 30 percent from just two years ago, according to a CNN report. Here’s the basic fact sheet on the disorder from the CDC’s extensive autism portal; it says “People with […]

Woman undergoing a mammogram of the right breast
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As guidelines evolve, what happens to the business of mammography?

Recent news of a study that casts doubt on the life-saving value of mammograms is a huge health science story — fueling more intense debate about the tests’ role in detecting breast cancer at treatable stages — but it’s also a pretty big business-of-healthcare story you may wish to follow up on, as well. To […]

In name of 'objectivity,' don't fall for false, partisan talking points
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In name of ‘objectivity,’ don’t fall for false, partisan talking points

Columnist Jon Talton says the media are particularly vulnerable to the ongoing effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act by false talking points. “Obamacare has plenty of real flaws and deserves penetrating coverage. We don’t need to be stenographers for liars in the service of false balance,” he writes.

Readers need details if their employer self-insures for medical costs
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Readers need details if their employer self-insures for medical costs

AOL’s about-face on cuts to its 401(k) program (which I covered in this earlier blog post along with tips for localizing 401(k) trends) raises some other interesting issues regarding employee privacy and employers that self-insure for the medical benefits they extend to workers. Self-insurance is when employers pay medical benefits claims directly rather than paying […]

Massive beef recall prompts a look at local food-safety concerns
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Massive beef recall prompts a look at local food-safety concerns

News that a staggering 9 million pounds of beef are being recalled by Northern California processing plant, apparently due to incomplete inspection, is the sort of stomach-churning headline that catches readers’ eyes. It follows last month’s tainted-chicken problem, also in California, that eventually sickened prison inmates in Tennessee, according to CorrectionsOne.com, a site with news […]

CVS drops cigarettes
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What do retailers gain, lose by kicking tobacco from their shelves?

CVS Caremark Corp. fired up business news this week with word that it’s kicking tobacco products out of its stores this fall, in favor of what it says is a wellness-oriented business model. The company’s press release said it will lose $2 billion in annual sales by the move – a relative drop in its […]