Dina Gusovsky, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

For the first time since 2008, New Hampshire residents see a bigger problem for the state than jobs and the economy.

America’s addiction to prescription painkillers is taking a big toll on the workplace. Is enough being done by companies to get it under control?

Of the 41 new drugs that were FDA-approved in 2014, 18 were for drugs with orphan indications, a record level.

The United States’ opiate drug problem isn’t limited to illegal narcotics. The sale of dangerously addictive painkillers willfully prescribed by our physicians has quadrupled in the past decade, and one company in particular is pushing pain to the legal edge of aggressive medical marketing. According to criminal complaints, attorney generals’ reports and CNBC sources, specialty …

An unfortunate geopolitical reality is the rise of kidnappings, particularly in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. But today’s criminals are getting even more sophisticated by exploiting technology and engaging in “virtual kidnapping.” Unlike traditional kidnappings, abductors do not wish to have any type of physical contact with their victims. Virtual kidnappers rely solely on …

There is a multibillion-dollar industry predicated on fear, risk and hope: The business of kidnapping, ransom and extortion (KRE) is mainly publicized from the point of view of the hostage-takers or victims, but rarely do we get a glimpse into the companies responsible for rescuing, insuring and training people who find themselves in dangerous situations …

Lawmakers grilled Department of Veterans Affairs leaders this week about a budget shortfall of $2.6 billion to $2.7 billion at the beleaguered agency, and some congressmen have begun to call on the VA to sell assets. (Tweet This) Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Jeff Miller, Republican of Florida, said at the agency’s …

Most people have either heard of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or know someone who has been affected by it. Arab-Israeli entrepreneur Aziz Kaddan has seen firsthand the negative side effects associated with some of the ADHD medication prescribed to children. That’s what inspired him to found Myndlift, a technology company that aims to help …

With almost half the country having passed legislation that legalizes marijuana to one extent or another, the pot economy has bred a new wave of entrepreneurs looking to cash in on America’s newest legal cash crop. Last year alone, marijuana brought in about $2.7 billion to states that have legalized it, whether medicinally, recreationally or …

Moriah Barnhart’s daughter, Dahlia, was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 2. Moriah said that Dahlia, now 4, was not expected by doctors to live as long as she has. But the blue-eyed, rambunctious little girl has exceeded doctors’ expectations. “The majority of the progress I’ve seen in her, physically, mentally and emotionally” is due …

As Russia and China continue to forge trade pacts, including the huge $456 billion gas deal with Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom signed in May, many Westerners are wondering whether this cozy relationship between the two nations is anything to be concerned about. “Right now China’s biggest goal is to deflate American dominance, and what …

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with about 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. For some businessmen, that represents a big money-making opportunity, and few can attest to that better than Ryan Shapiro, CEO of JPay, a company that provides various services for inmates. …

Over the past few years, there’s been an influx of Chinese money into the U.S., increasing from about $58 million in 2000 to $14 billion in 2013. The Chinese are interested in acquiring everything from American companies to commercial and residential real estate. Their motivation is straightforward: They feel their assets are much better protected …

When visiting Moscow in October 2013, what was supposed to be a fairly brief encounter with a Russian oligarch turned into a nine-hour dinner and one of the most insightful views into Russia’s future I’ve ever received. Ten months ago, before anyone ever dreamed that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin would invade Crimea and stir unrest in eastern Ukraine, the …

Nearly 4,000 people are killed and more than 100,000 injured every year because of truck accidents. But what if those collisions could be avoided, or at the very least, mitigated? Companies such as Volvo Trucks and Daimler are banking on safety as a selling point, offering customers everything from enhanced cruise control to lane departure warnings. But the American Trucking …