Topic: United States
Dallas, TX – Doubling or quadrupling the minimum federally recommended levels of physical activity lowered the risk of developing heart failure by 20 percent and 35 percent, respectively, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.
“Walking 30 minutes a day as recommended in the U.S. physical activity guidelines, may not be good enough — significantly more physical activity may be necessary to reduce the risk of heart failure” said Jarett D. Berry, M.D., senior author of the study and an associate professor of internal medicine and clinical sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.
Fort Campbell area officials, Fort Polk Progress launch national coalition of Army communities in opposition to defense cuts
Leesville, LA – A community organization that opposes budget cuts to Fort Campbell announced that they would unite with Fort Polk Progress during a recent visit to Central Louisiana.
Officials with the Friends of Fort Campbell said they hope that the 30 other Army defense communities recently studied for force structure reductions would join with them and Fort Polk Progress to create a unified opposition against budget-driven reductions to active-duty Army.
Clarksville, TN – The economic data were mixed, but consistent with the theme of global softness and domestic strength. Unit auto sales improved further in September – and, combined with the August data on personal income and spending, suggest that inflation-adjusted consumer spending (70% of GDP) is on track to have expanded at an annual pace of 3.5% to 4.0% in 3Q15.
The trade deficit in goods widened sharply in August, with that split evenly between stronger imports (despite lower oil prices) and weaker exports. Net exports and an inventory correction are expected to subtract significantly from 3Q15 GDP growth, but underlying domestic demand appears to have remained strong.
Nashville, TN – In observance of National Depression Screening Day, October 8th, 2015, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is encouraging all adults, 18 years of age and older, to take a free online screening for depression.
In Tennessee, it is estimated that more than 347,000 people over the age of 15 experienced symptoms of major depression in the last year, experiencing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, emptiness, or irritable moods that significantly interfered with their daily routines.
Clarksville, TN – In Janet Yellen’s first public speech after the recent FOMC meeting, the Fed chair downplayed concerns about the rest of the world and placed herself among the majority of Fed officials expecting to raise short-term interest rates by the end of the year. In a scary moment for investors, Yellen struggled to finish her speech.
She repeatedly lost her place, paused for long periods, and looked generally unwell. She received medical treatment. A Fed spokesperson said that she was dehydrated and that she felt fine later. While stock market participants have been worried about Fed tightening, they seemed to have been more encouraged by Yellen’s expressed confidence in the U.S. economy.
Tampa, FL – Gas prices continue falling at a rate of about a half cent a day. The average price in Tennessee fell below $2.00 a gallon last week, while motorists in Florida and Georgia are also beginning to find prices below $2.00 a gallon at various gas stations.
“Gas prices below $2.00 a gallon will become more of a common sight in the southeastern United States,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.
Clarksville, TN – The Federal Open Market Committee delayed the start of policy normalization, citing concerns about global economic and financial developments.
The FOMC is not reacting to overseas developments per se, but rather to the implications for the U.S. economy (some restraint on growth, further downward pressure on inflation). In the revised dot plot, there was little agreement about where the federal funds rate would be at the end of 2016 and 2017.
American Heart Association reports Blacks in all socioeconomic groups have poorer outcomes after Heart Attack
American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report
Dallas, TX – Black patients and patients with low socioeconomic status have shorter life expectancies after a heart attack.
However, the largest racial differences in life expectancy after a heart attack occur in patients with high socioeconomic status, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.
Clarksville, TN – The economic calendar was thin, leaving investors free to worry about slower global growth and Federal Reserve policy. The stock market was volatile, but not as much as in recent weeks.
The Bank of Canada and the Bank of England each left short-term interest rates unchanged. The BOC lowered rates in January and July, but showed no bias to cut rates further in the next few months. The BOE has been debating whether to start raising rates, but appears to have put such notions aside in the near term, reflecting concerns about the global economy.
Clarksville, TN – The economic data were mixed, but generally consistent with moderately strong growth. Unit auto sales improved in August. The ISM Manufacturing Index slowed. The Non-Manufacturing Index pulled back a bit after surging in July (still strong). The Fed’s Beige Book described growth as evenly split between “modest” and “moderate” across the 12 Fed districts.
The August employment report was mixed, but generally strong. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 173,000 (median forecast: +220,000), but with a net revision of +44,000 to June and July.
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