Scary Chart of the Day – 10/29/10

Calculated Risk: Housing Bust impacting Manager Mobility

One of the strengths of the U.S. labor market has been the flexibility associated with labor mobility at all levels of employment – households could easily move from one region to another for better employment. The sharp decline in house prices, leaving homeowners with significant negative equity, appears to be limiting this flexibility.

Bad times for moving companies

It’s Saturday morning and I’m not sufficiently caffeinated, sitting in my office catching up on the news when I come across this chart.  So I get up and get another cup of Joe, sip and think a little more about just what this chart is telling me.

A lot.

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Hospital Admissions for Drug Reactions = 65,000 Annually

Medical News: Hospital Admissions for Drug Reactions Double – in Pain Management, Pain Management from MedPage Today

The report, released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that there was a major increase in hospital discharges from effects of both prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as illegal drugs, among adults ages 45 and older. 

Hospital admissions for drug-related conditions grew from about 30,000 per year to more than 65,000 per year — a 117% increase — between 1997 and 2008 for people ages 45 to 64, according to the report.