US spends the most on health care but has the worst health outcomes among high-income countries, new report finds

CNN — The United States spends more on health care than any other high-income country, but still has the lowest life expectancy at birth and the highest percentage of people with multiple chronic diseases, according to a new report by The Commonwealth Fund, an independent research group . The report, released Tuesday, also said that … Read more

Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among … Read more

McDonald’s, In-N-Out and Chipotle are spending millions to block their employees from getting raises

new York CNN — California voters will decide next year on a referendum that could overturn a landmark new state law that set working conditions and minimum wages to $22 an hour for fast-food workers in the nation’s largest state. Chipotle, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, In-N-Out Burger and KFC owner Yum! Each brand is donating $1 … Read more

Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among … Read more

Healthcare is in crisis. The New York nurses’ strike is just the latest sign

new York CNN — Naniaka Kamara grew up near Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx of New York and remembers going there for her own medical care. A nurse at Montefiore for the past three years, she still lives just minutes from the hospital and often knows the neighborhood patients she cares for. She loves her … Read more

The layoffs in Silicon Valley are going from bad to worse

CNN — Shortly before Thanksgiving, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy confirmed rumors that layoffs had begun at multiple departments at the e-commerce giant and said he would review staffing needs in the new year. On Wednesday, Jassy provided a sobering update to that review: Amazon is cutting more than 18,000 jobs, nearly double the 10,000 that … Read more

Nurses’ strike in New York: Key findings

new York CNN — The 7,000 nurses who went on strike in New York on Monday say the 19 percent pay increase hospital management offered them was never the main issue. “We are not here for salaries. We’re here because we want patient safety,” Lorena Vivas, a nurse at Mount Sinai for 19 years and … Read more

Who drives the train? Railways want a one-man crew

new York CNN Business — When a freight train travels across the country, there are two people in the locomotive cab, working to keep the train, its often dangerous and flammable contents, and the communities they pass through safe. Now the railways say that with modern technology only one person is enough. The Federal Railroad … Read more

Delta pilots reach labor deal with 34% pay increase

Delta Air Lines has offered its pilots a 34 percent cumulative pay increase over three years in a new contract, demonstrating the bargaining power aviators enjoy in an understaffed industry with booming travel demand. If the deal is approved by Delta ( DAL ) pilots, it is widely expected to serve as a benchmark for … Read more

New York mayor says NYPD and first responders may unwittingly engage people in mental health crisis

new York CNN — New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday ordered first responders to enforce a state law that allows them to potentially involuntarily commit people experiencing a mental health crisis as part of an effort to address concerns about homelessness and crime. Adams said it’s a myth that first responders can only … Read more