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Will Colombia's Gamble On Medical Tourism Pay Off?

Medical tourism was expected to be huge in 2013, and countries like Colombia, which has seen huge improvements in safety and tourism, decided they wanted in on the action. In recent years they've been building facilities specifically designed for medical tourists. But the numbers have not quite met projections.
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What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster

Perhaps no company showed how the Internet could turn sharing into a global phenomenon more than Napster. The music-sharing site upended the record industry. But the industry ultimately survived and free-music Napster did not. What are new businesses doing to avoid the same fate?
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Share And Share Alike: A Time Of Collaborative Consumption

From renting lightly used gowns to assembling Ikea furniture, things or tasks can now easily be rented or outsourced. Fast Company writer Danielle Sacks discusses the implications of the sharing economy and where it goes from here.
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It's A New Orleans Mantra, But Using 'Who Dat' May Cost You

Residents say the phrase "Who Dat" is part and parcel of New Orleans culture. The chant opens Saints football games, and "Who Dat" can now be found on T-shirts and storefronts throughout the city. But a Texas company says it owns the ubiquitous phrase — and recently filed a lawsuit to stake its claim.
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Race For Same-Day Delivery Could Be Boon For Cash-Strapped USPS

Many retailers are interested in speeding up the time it takes for online orders to be delivered to the home. Amazon.com announced today another step in that process. It's partnering with the U.S. Postal Service to do Sunday delivery. The service will be available in New York City and Los Angeles right away and expanded to other cities next year.
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$4.2 Billion Deal Highlights Drug Profits From Rare Diseases

Shire's purchase of ViroPharma is all about a medicine to prevent life-threatening swelling attacks caused by a genetic mutation. The drug, called Cinryze, costs more than $4,600 for each treatment. The annual bill can run hundreds of thousands of dollars for each patient.
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When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill

Lobbyists are known for their influence, but perhaps less obvious is that lobbyists often write legislation — sometimes word for word. In a recent example, media reports showed how bank lobbyists had a hand in drafting a House bill aimed at rolling back financial regulations.
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Prince Charles: Organic Innovator, Biscuit Maker

Two decades ago, the heir to the throne of England foresaw the potential and value in organic agriculture. The first product Duchy Originals launched was the Oaten Biscuit, and it's still a top seller today.
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Why It's So Difficult To Predict The Job Numbers

The October unemployment numbers cast a brighter picture than economists expected. NPR's Senior Business Editor, Marilyn Geewax talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about what the strengths and weaknesses of the economy are right now, and why it's been so difficult to read.
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Home Ownership At Lowest Level In Nearly Two Decades

The home ownership rate in the U.S. is at its lowest since 1995. That's despite what was thought to be a rip-roaring recovery in real estate, and a long stretch of record low mortgages. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from Bloomberg Business Week contributor Roben Farzad.

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