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The World Society Needs to Express Greater Solidarity for Refugees Worldwide

By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al QassimGENEVA, Jun 20 2017 (IPS)The world is heading into troubled waters as we are witnessing an unprecedented movement of people – refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs) alike – fleeing from misery, poverty and conflicts. The refugee crisis that has swept across Europe and the Middle East is becoming the 21st century’s most protracted crisis with no immediate solution in sight. The world has not witnessed a more complex movement of people since the end of the Second World War; thousands of human beings undertake perilous and treacherous journeys in hope for a better and a safer future. Many of them perish during these hazardous journeys. How can we forget the words the British-Somali poet Warsan Shire who said:“No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”The 2017 World Refugee Day is an important occasion to stand united with millions of refugees around the world. This international commemorative day was announced in 2001 following the adoption of Resolution 55/76 by the United Nations General Assembly on 12 February 2001. It also marked the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the “1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.” Although the traumas of the Second World War reminded the world of the importance of never ignoring the past, the contemporary crisis calls for concerted efforts to resolve the plight of refugees worldwide as a matter of urgency...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

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Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: MD & M East (New York) Materials Source Type: news
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Source: Am J Physiol Cell Ph... - Category: Cytology Authors: Tags: Am J Physiol Cell Physiol Source Type: research
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Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Hospital lyft medical transportation patient ride-hailing startup uber Source Type: blogs
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Source: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : JCSM - Category: Sleep Medicine Source Type: research
By NIRAN AL-AGBA, MD When Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan (AmBerGan) announced their healthcare partnership, Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett declared “the ballooning costs of healthcare act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy.”  He is right. Our broken system is infested with tapeworms. Tapeworms are parasites; they exploit their hosts, drain resources, and suck the life out of their prey. Unfortunately, Buffet failed to call attention to the tapeworms specifically –they are insurers, hospital conglomerates, pharmaceutical companies, and pharmacy benefit managers. As healthcare costs...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
By NIRAN AL-AGBA, MD When Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan (AmBerGan) announced their healthcare partnership, Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett declared “the ballooning costs of healthcare act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy.”  He is right. Our broken system is infested with tapeworms. Tapeworms are parasites; they exploit their hosts, drain resources, and suck the life out of their prey. Unfortunately, Buffet failed to call attention to the tapeworms specifically –they are insurers, hospital conglomerates, pharmaceutical companies, and pharmacy benefit managers. As healthcare costs ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
SightLife Surgical said today it is rebranding under the moniker CorneaGen, with plans to launch several new products under the new brand. Products set to launch under the new name include tissue storage media with antifungal Ampho B, Geuder preloaded glass cannula for DMEK and Intacs corneal implants for keratoconus, which join the company’s recent acquisition of the AcuFocus Kamra inlay. “Corneal implants are a natural fit with CorneaGen’s growing family of innovative  corneal products and services. The Kamra Inlay acquisition makes sense because of CorneaGen’s long-standing relationship...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Business/Financial News Optical/Ophthalmic sightlife Source Type: news
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Source: PLoS Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Source Type: research
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said last week it tapped Harvard Medical School professor and cardiologist Dr. Laura Mauri as its new vice president of global clinical research and analytics. In the new position, Dr. Mauri will direct dynamic global clinical research strategies as well as the development of novel analytical and data science solutions as the Fridley, Minn.-baesd company looks to address “expanding global requirements for clinical evidence for our products.” Dr. Mauri is slated to assume the role on September 1, Medtronic said. Prior to joining Medtronic, Dr. Mauri served as chief scientific officer of...
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