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Kenwood Vineyards

U.S. wastes billion dollars every year for binge drinking

Too much drinking is not only bad for the health but also seeps out the U.S. economy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study on Thursday that binge drinking loses the economy a humongous "$249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from$223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006."

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Healthcare

Merger of Four Major Insurance Companies May Harm Healthcare Industry

Doctors, hospitals and healthcare groups criticized the proposed merger of four major insurances, saying that it could lead to harm for the healthcare industry.

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Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is worth $7T market opportunity - IDC

Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to become a $7-trillion market over next five years on the most conservative basis and 50 billion new connections during the same period. Some other project the mobile wallet industry will be worth $14.4-trillion market in the near future.

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Cyrus Massoumi

Unicorn status for $1.8B ZocDoc

ZocDoc Inc. is a New York digital health scheduling company that was founded in 2007. At that time, it offers a free-of-charge medical care research facility for users by combining information about medical practices and doctors' individual schedules in a central location.

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Target pharmacy

CVS Health to buy Target's pharmacy business for $1.9 billion

Drugstore operator CVS Health Corp (CVS.N) will buy Target Corp's (TGT.N) pharmacies and clinics in a $1.9 billion deal that should help it bargain with drug makers for lower prices, while freeing Target from a costly business where it struggled to make a profit.

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Traders

Greek angst weighs on Wall Street; health stocks rise

Stocks fell on Wall Street on Monday as investors fretted over the consequences of a possible debt default by Greece, but talk of multi-billion dollar healthcare deals buoyed shares in the sector, cutting into the market's loss.

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Healthcare

Fund managers boost bets on health care even amid high prices

Last July, when Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spurred a sell-off in healthcare stocks by saying that valuations in shares of biotech companies looked "stretched," portfolio manager Graham Tanaka saw an opportunity.

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Flag of China

China to increase health care subsidies, deepen reform

China will increase its healthcare subsidies by 19 percent this year as part of efforts to deepen social reforms and strengthen safety nets, the government said on Saturday.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Investors seek protection against healthcare stock decline

Healthcare companies on a seven-year tear have been top performers so far in 2015, helping to push broad stock indexes to record levels, but traders are now looking to protect themselves from a selloff as they await major earnings reports in the sector.

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Medical forms

Employer incentives for U.S. worker wellness programs set record

Employers have ratcheted up the financial incentives they offer workers to participate in wellness programs to a record $693 per employee, on average, this year from $594 in 2014 and $430 five years ago, found a report released on Thursday.

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Laboratory

China drug approval backlog jumped by a third last year

China had more than 18,500 drugs waiting for approval at the end of 2014, up by a third from a year before, the official Center for Drug Evaluation said on Friday, reflecting industry concern that it is getting harder to get medicines approved in the China market.

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Werner Baumann

Bayer crown prince vows independence for diversified drugmaker

Werner Baumann, seen as heir apparent to Bayer Chief Executive Marijn Dekkers, says he will fight for the independence of Germany's largest drugmaker after the spin-off of its plastics unit.

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Cyber crime

Experts warn 2015 could be 'Year of the Healthcare Hack'

Security experts are warning healthcare and insurance companies that 2015 will be the "Year of the Healthcare Hack," as cybercriminals are increasingly attracted to troves of personal information held by U.S. insurers and hospitals that command high prices on the underground market.

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China's Elderly

Ageing China draws investors to its "hot as Internet" healthcare sector

Investors are rushing into China's booming healthcare business, helping M&A deal values surpass those of the hot Internet sector, as the country prepares to cater to hundreds of millions of elderly patients.

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U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. government releases draft plan for electronic health data

The Obama administration on Friday proposed a plan to move most doctors, hospitals and their patients to national standards for handling electronic clinical data by the end of 2017.

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