American Companies Still Make Aluminum. In Iceland. : More than 30 of the giant factories once dotted the American landscape, sucking down huge amounts of electricity to produce the metal for car parts, beer cans and aluminum foil. Now there are just five smelters — all facing an uncertain future. But the jobs, for the most part, didn’t go to China. American aluminum was in decline long before Chinese production began to grow. The more complicated truth is on display here, on Iceland’s remote eastern shore.

High Drug Prices Are Bad. Cutting Them Could Be Worse : Despite all of these compelling arguments, cutting prices for novel new drugs would exacerbate another problem: the government’s shrinking role in biomedical research. According to a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, private sources accounted for 58 percent of medical research funding in 2012, up from 46 percent in 2004. Public resources for such research would drop much further if President Trump’s budget proposal to slash National Institutes of Health funding by nearly 25 percent were adopted.

Milwaukee woman inspired by Cuba’s focus on community medicine : The World Health Organization ranks the United States and Cuban health care systems at about the same level, with the U.S. at No. 37 and Cuba at No. 39, significant given their relative sizes and economic resources. Cuba’s GDP in 2013 was about $77 billion, compared with about $18 trillion for the U.S., according to the World Bank. Life expectancies for the nations are also close: 79.39 years in Cuba, and 78.94 in the U.S.

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