Feb 16, 2007

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Buying biological insurance for baby

Feb 16, 2007
More parents are opting to have their newborns' umbilical cord blood collected and stored. It's expensive and at this point chances they'll ever use it are slim, but what if. . .

Congress trying to save the middle class

Feb 16, 2007
A House committee is holding hearings to figure out why the gap between the wealthy and the middle class just keeps getting wider — and what to do about it.

TiVo-ers watch ads after all

Feb 16, 2007
When digital video recorders gained popularity in the consumer market, advertisers were in a panic. Some folks predicted the death of TV as we know it. Turns out, we're still watching the commercials.

Faster drug approval . . . for a fee

Feb 16, 2007
The FDA and the pharmaceutical companies have come up with a new proposal for a program that charges drugmakers fees to speed up FDA approval process, but critics say it doesn't do enough to protect consumers.

A tax hike for the rich?

Feb 16, 2007
As Republicans work to win back public favor, there's word today that President Bush may be willing to tax the rich to take the Alternative Minimum Tax burden off the middle class.

American defense firms go shopping

Feb 16, 2007
Boeing and Lockheed Martin are prepared to spend as much as $10 billion buying British defense companies in order to win more contracts in the U.K.

Johnnie's walking into new markets

Feb 16, 2007
Rising middle classes in Asia and South America's emerging markets are developing a taste for better whisky. So Johnnie Walker scotch parent Diageo is making a major investment to meet demand and fill their glasses.

Twisted consumer catalog takes flight

Feb 16, 2007
A San Francisco comedy troupe has unleashed its dark humor on in-flight catalogs. SkyMaul has everything you never knew you didn't want, from Llamacycles to Banana-ganizers. And it might be the funniest thing you read this year.

A better flu vaccine?

Feb 16, 2007
Flu vaccine administered as a nasal spray not only lets kids avoid scary needles, a new study shows it may actually be more effective at preventing the flu.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC