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July 18, 2015

The Big Business of Heart Health
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With heart disease being the #1 killer of Americans, heart health has become big business. There’s lots of money behind those medical tests. But are they all necessary? Then – if making decisions all day wears you out, you’re not alone. It’s called decision fatigue, and its more common than you may think!
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InfoTrak: The Big Business of Heart Health
Heart health has become a highly profitable business. Dr. John Santa Director of the Health Ratings Center for Consumer Reports talked about the growing wave of cardiac tests and treatments that are being marketed to aging baby boomers. He said the most dubious tests often result in costly, unnecessary and sometimes dangerous treatments. He also explained how health consumers can get accurate information on the proficiency and competence of heart doctors.
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InfoTrak: Decision Fatigue
Wise decision-making is perhaps the greatest factor that determines success or failure in life and business. Jonathan Levav, PhD, Associate Professor of Marketing at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business talked about his study of “decision fatigue.” He explained the surprising influences on decisions, and how individuals can improve decision-making by recognizing and controlling those variables.
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InfoTrak: Teens & Alcohol
Dr. Bernard Biermann, Director of the Child/Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI recently completed a study that found that parents severely underestimate their teens’ use of drugs and alcohol. While just ten percent of parents thought their kids drank alcohol in the past year, 52 percent of teens admitted to doing so. He talked about the possible reasons in the huge disparity, and offered advice for parents on how to recognize the signs of alcohol and drug use in their teenager.
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