Exit polling indicates that voters remain divided on the Affordable Care Act. Forty-seven percent said the law should remain intact or be expanded, and 45% said all or parts of the law should be repealed.
Forty-seven percent of heirs and 46% of assets remain with a firm once inheritance occurs, an Accenture survey says. A stronger grasp on digital interaction was cited by 83% of advisers as being crucial to working with heirs and retaining assets.
Virginia's workforce development system needs fixing because employers cannot find workers with the proper skills, according to a legislative report. Nursing is among high-demand areas that don't receive enough focus, the audit found. Forty-seven high-school courses focus on nursing, while there are almost 45,000 job openings for nurses statewide. In contrast, the state had an estimated 44 job openings in fashion design last year but 254 courses in the field.
Forty-seven mergers or acquisitions in the life sciences tools and molecular diagnostics space were completed or announced in 2013, compared with 55 in 2012 and 58 in 2011. Federal budget cuts, drugmakers' belt-tightening and an uncertain reimbursement landscape dampened the deal-making environment, experts say. Conversely, the number of partnerships, licensing deals and research agreements rose as less-risky alternatives to mergers and acquisitions.
Forty-seven percent of Americans aged 30 and older have periodontitis, and 64% of adults 65 and older have moderate or severe periodontitis, according to a study published in the Journal of Dental Research. Men, Mexican-Americans, current smokers, adults with incomes below the poverty line and those with less than a high school education had the highest rates of gum disease.
Some health insurers have opened retail stores where customers can buy individual policies and get help from customer service representatives. The trend is expected to grow unless the health care law is repealed.