Month: November 2012

Medical trivia: how Viagra was discovered

Viagra works by dilating blood vessels. It was originally developed as a treatment for hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina (chest pain associated with cardiovascular disease). Treating hypertension has been incredibly important at cutting the risk of heart disease, stroke,…

Capacity utilization is concerning

One of the economic data points I like to follow is capacity utilization, which is compiled by the Federal Reserve and reported monthly. I like this data time series for several reasons.  First, the data are very stable.  Changes are…