Meet Pharma’s Biggest Innovators

With projects submitted from Scotland to Togo, the 2016 eyeforpharma Barcelona Awards were truly a global occasion. Although we had wide participation from pharma’s top 20 (18 out of 20 to be exact, we’ll get the full set in 2017), UCB once again stood out from the pack. 2016 marked the second consecutive year in which they have taken home two awards; this time in the ‘Most Valuable Pharma Collaboration’ and ‘Customer Innovator’ categories. Many entrants had a strong technology component, with patient support and HCP education apps, tech-inspired hackathons, and the first social network for physicians. We also saw a huge increase in collaborations across industry and sectors. Projects embraced the wisdom of the crowd, with contributions from HCPs, nurses, advocacy groups, ministers, payers, other pharma, government, and even philosophers. But without further ado… the winners! Winner of ‘Most Valuable Pharma Collaboration’ Award: Joint Working Agreement to improve Epilepsy Care in National Health Systems, UCB L to R: Paul Simms, Chairman, eyeforpharma, Guy Armstrong, UCB, Emma Goldman, Awards Manager Notable Partners: Epilepsy Scotland, NHS Dumfries &Galloway, GlaxoSmithKline and Eisai Ltd The Joint Working Agreement united healthcare stakeholders to design and implement a much-needed overhaul of training protocol for epilepsy care in Scotland. Audits of primary care sites had unearthed huge gaps in care deliver...
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Authors: Choovuthayakorn J, Khunsongkiet P, Patikulsila D, Watanachai N, Kunavisarut P, Chaikitmongkol V, Ittipunkul N Abstract Purpose: To report characteristics and visual results in patients with PDR-associated complications following pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) in a tertiary center over an eight-year period. Methods: Medical records of diabetic retinopathy patients receiving PPV between January 2007 and December 2014 for PDR-related complications were reviewed. Results: A total of 890 consecutive PDR patients were included in the study. PPVs were performed for tractional retinal detachment (36.6%), pers...
Source: Journal of Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Tags: J Ophthalmol Source Type: research
Conclusion and Recommendations: Consistent condom utilization among HIV clients on ART was low (55.8%). Place of residence and condom use initiation during sexual contact were significantly associated with consistent condom use. It is better to give more emphasis on health education and counseling service about consistent condom use for PLWHA who are on ART during follow-up especially for those who came from rural areas. PMID: 31007955 [PubMed]
Source: AIDS Research and Treatment - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: AIDS Res Treat Source Type: research
Authors: Shenoy VN, Aalami OO Abstract Biometric measurements captured from medical devices, such as blood pressure gauges, glucose monitors, and weighing scales, are essential to tracking a patient's health. Trends in these measurements can accurately track diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and assist medication management for patients. Currently, patients record their results and date of measurement in a physical notebook. It may be weeks before a doctor sees a patient's records and can assess the health of the patient. With a predicted 6.8 billion smartphones in the world by 20221, health monitoring platforms, su...
Source: AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings - Category: Bioinformatics Tags: AMIA Annu Symp Proc Source Type: research
This study evaluated the neighborhood-level Area Deprivation Index (ADI), a measure of neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage, as a factor in diabetes mellitus prevalence. Electronic health records at an academic hospital system identified 4,770 Medicare beneficiaries. Logistic regression of diabetes diagnosis (ICD9=250.x) against ADI quintile, age, gender, and race/ethnicity found all these patient characteristics to be significantly associated. Diabetes prevalence was lowest in the least disadvantaged quintile of neighborhoods after adjusting for age, gender, and race/ethnicity. The positive non-linear association of di...
Source: AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings - Category: Bioinformatics Tags: AMIA Annu Symp Proc Source Type: research
Authors: Schuler JC, Ceusters WM Abstract A requirement of realism-based ontology design is that classes denote exclusively entities that exist objectively in reality and that their definitions adhere to strict criteria to ensure that the classes are re-usable in other ontologies while preserving their ontological commitment. Building realism-based ontologies is therefore quite challenging and time-consuming, demanding considerable training. Although the top-level in the form of the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) is worked out very well, and also the upper levels of certain domains, there is still a disconnect with th...
Source: AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings - Category: Bioinformatics Tags: AMIA Annu Symp Proc Source Type: research
BACKGROUND: Habitual coffee consumption has been associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and sarcopenia, which are strong risk factors of falls. In addition, caffeine intake stimulates attention and vigilance, and reduces rea...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news
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Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
This study aims to investigate associations between glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), glycated albumin (GA) and fructosamine with neonatal birthweight in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The prospective cohort consisted of 82 women with GDM and their newborns, enrolled between November 2016 and September 2017. Considering neonatal birthweight and birthweights ≥90th percentile for gestational age as outcomes, linear and logistic regression models were used, respectively. Fructosamine (R2=0.62) and GA (R2=0.61) performed very similarly between them and best than HbA1c (R2=0.58). The added value of GA or fructosamine to Hb...
Source: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: J Obstet Gynaecol Source Type: research
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Source: Revue d Epidemiologie et de Sante Publique - Category: Epidemiology Tags: Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique Source Type: research
Universal screening for cardiovascular risk factors in children could improve the early diagnosis of hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes. The current childhood obesity epidemic underscores the relevance of screening for these comorbidities. Siegel et al report the findings of an initial feasibility pilot study of a small group of children aged 12-14 performed in a middle-school setting. The authors showed that screening for hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes was feasible in this setting.
Source: The Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: The Editors' Perspectives Source Type: research
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