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April 19, 2014

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, drug industry edition

  • $6.3B the value of the free samples that prescription drug companies offered to medical facilities in 2011. Sounds like a great deal, right? Not really—according to the latest edition of JAMA Dermatology, the drugs actually ending up helping out the drug companies more than patients. Why’s that? Because, quite often, these free samples are for costlier brand-name drugs—so while the first one is free, the ones you have to take down the line will cost ya. source
14:43 // 5 days ago
April 12, 2014
17:48 // 1 week ago

Protip: Don’t buy stock in this company right now

  • 14% the approximate percentage the stock Herbalife fell on Friday after reports of a federal probe into the company surfaced. The company, which sells nutrition products, has long been suspected to be a ponzi scheme by some investors, most notably noted hedge fund manager William Ackman, who famously made a $1 billion bet that the company was operating illegally. source
17:05 // 1 week ago
April 9, 2014

Poor Mickey Rooney: Despite his massive fame, he died nearly broke

  • $18k the size of iconic actor Mickey Rooney’s estate upon his death over the weekend. Rooney, who won an Honorary Academy Award “in recognition of his 50 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances” three decades ago, had fallen on somewhat hard times, with one of his final film roles being a 2012 documentary that exposed how he had been manipulated by his own stepson. Rooney, who will star in the upcoming “Night at the Museum 3” according to that film’s director, left his full estate to another stepson who took care of him during his twilight years. source
12:42 // 2 weeks ago
April 6, 2014

Spring break got pretty crazy this year

  • 100+ the number of people arrested at a Spring Break street party near the University of California, Santa Barbara, a party where 44 people were hospitalized and police broke up the event with some chemicals and foam spray. Fun. source
16:58 // 2 weeks ago
April 3, 2014

This drug cures most cases of hepatitis C, but there’s a problem

  • 90% the percentage of cases of hepatitis C that can be cured by the drug Sovaldi within a three-month period
  • $1,000 the cost, per day, of said drug, which has far fewer side effects and is less invasive than cheaper alternatives; the high price has led to strong criticism of the drug’s maker, Gilead Sciences
  • $227B the cost, according to one healthcare company, of the drug if everyone who had hepatitis C in the U.S. used it; that’s roughly three million people
  • $260B the amount spent on ALL DRUGS made in the U.S. during the entire year source
19:26 // 2 weeks ago
April 2, 2014

Roundup: Numbers on today’s Fort Hood shooting (yes, another one; sigh :( )

  • three the number of shootings that have taken place on U.S. military bases in the past six months alone; today’s shooting is still a fluid situation, with reports of at least one four killed and 14 11 injured
  • five the number of years since a similar shooting took place at Fort Hood in Texas, in which Army Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 and injured 32 source
20:27 // 3 weeks ago
April 1, 2014

Death toll in Syria hits new mark

  • 150,000 dead in newly updated Syria death toll, by the Syria Observatory of Human Rights. Fighting still continues across the Syria nation under a three year civil war. Recent clashes have been taking place in the Latakia province off the Mediterranean coast and in the Armenian town Kessab off the Turkish border. source
10:42 // 3 weeks ago
March 28, 2014

Teenager does the responsible thing, Athens, Ga. edition

  • $31k the amount a Georgia teen had deposited into his account a couple of weeks ago. It was actually someone else’s money; it was deposited into his account in error.
  • $25k the amount that said Georgia teen managed to either spend or withdraw from his account in the 11 days before the oversight was caught. (He thought it was inheritance from a dead grandmother, or at least that’s what he said.) The bank wants the money back, and is threatening criminal charges. We say the bank has to pay—since it was their screw-up—and the teen gets to keep the money. source
9:18 // 3 weeks ago
March 22, 2014

The U.S. doesn’t like hummus as much as everyone else. Why is that?

  • 26% the percentage of Americans that regularly buy hummus. Another 80 million americans don’t even know what the hell hummus is. Hummus, one of the world’s most popular foods, has failed to successfully crack the American market the way that, say, Ranch dressing has, but that’s not for lack of trying. The hummus-producing giant Sabra, owned by Pepsico, is going out of its way to sell Middle America on the idea that ground chickpeas are awesome. source
16:37 // 1 month ago