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'Somebody needs to step up': Drug exec starts nonprofit to hike access, lower costs

From Ebola to diabetes, some drugs aren't making it to patients because of cost. Jim Wilkins and his nonprofit, Fair Access Medicines, want to change that.
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Have you ever thought that it would be possible to monitor drug overdoses, Zika cases or the spread of the flu in real time? Have you ever imagined that satellites wouldbe able to tell how and where a malaria epidemic will happen months before the actual outbreak? It is mind-blowing how, in the last years, digital maps developed to a level where they serve as effective tools for evaluating, monitoring and even predicting health events. That’s why I decided to give a comprehensive overview of digital maps in healthcare. John Snow, cholera and the revolution of maps in healthcare Before Game of Thrones monopolized Joh...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Mobile Health digital health digital technology epidemics epidemiology gc4 Innovation interactive maps Source Type: blogs
[The Conversation Africa] When it comes to killer diseases in Africa many people think of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, or even Ebola. But the reality is that diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease - known as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - are a major threat.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre in Nigeria. Credit: Tristate Heart and Vascular CentreBy Pavithra Rao, Africa Renewal*NEW YORK, Sep 28 2017 (IPS)In the 2017 World Happiness Report by Gallup, African countries score poorly. Of the 150 countries on the list, the Central African Republic, Tanzania and Burundi rank as the unhappiest countries in the world. Some of the factors driving unhappiness are the poor state of the continent’s health care systems, the persistence of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and the growth of lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.Few African countries make...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
From Ebola to diabetes, some drugs aren't making it to patients because of cost. Jim Wilkins and his nonprofit, Fair Access Medicines, want to change that.
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Source Type: news
Conclusions: These new resources offer substantial advances to classical toxicity testing paradigms by including genetically sensitive individuals that may inform toxicity risks for sensitive subpopulations. Both in vivo and complementary in vitro resources provide platforms with which to reduce uncertainty by providing population-level data around biological variability. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1274 Received: 25 October 2016 Revised: 19 April 2017 Accepted: 27 April 2017 Published: 15 August 2017 Address correspondence to K.A. McAllister, Program Administrator, Genes, Environment, and Health Branch, Division of E...
Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
The drug sends a message to a caregiver after the patient swallowed it. The doctor prescribes virtual reality treatments for migraines. Do you think it is science fiction? You are mistaken. Just let me familiarize you with the top 10 trends shaping the future of pharma. I gave a speech recently to an audience of professionals working in healthcare regulation for the invitation of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association in Washington. After the keynote, a guy raised his hand and asked me the following: how can a regulatory agency keep up with the speed of new technologies in pharma? I get a lot of questions like this o...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine Future of Pharma 3d printing artificial intelligence augmented reality digital health gc4 Innovation nanotechnology Personalized medicine pharmacies pharmacogenetics pharmacology virtual reality VR Source Type: blogs
The new BMJ has a lot to say about air pollution, starting withthis editorial. Everything they say about the UK applies to the US, if not more so. Nowadays the most important source of exposure to polluted air in the industrialized countries is motor vehicle exhaust. Two components, ultrafine particles and oxides of nitrogen, cause the most damage to human health. Ultrafine particles are less than 2.5 microns in diameter -- microscopic, invisible, and odorless. They are in highest concentration near highways, which also happens to be where the nearby residents are likely to be low income people. A favorite place to site lo...
Source: Stayin' Alive - Category: American Health Source Type: blogs
The first formal budget of the Trump era—billed as a “Taxpayer First” budget—contains some very bad news when it comes to the health of the American public. It proposes dramatic cuts in federal investments that keep us healthy and protected from harm, including a $1.2 billion cut from the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is on top of the catastrophic cuts that will occur with the loss of the Prevention and Public Health Fund if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. It is the opposite of both what American taxpayers have asked for and what is owed to them. Office o...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Costs and Spending Featured GrantWatch Public Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Chronic Care Consumers Effectiveness Health Philanthropy Health Promotion and Disease PreventionGW vaccines Source Type: blogs
At its 70th U.N. World Health Assembly in Geneva in late May, the World Health Organization (WHO) made history with the election of a new Director-General: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia – the first African to lead the organization. He now takes on the challenge of combating both infectious and noncommunicable diseases and other health challenges around the world. To succeed, he must convince the world to see health as a global public good—something in which we all have a stake. An announcement by the WHO on May 12 underscores this point. A new Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of C...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Conclusions: Bio-innovators are enthusiastically creating POC technologies in Taiwan, including low marginal cost assay modules capable of transforming public health paradigms. Geospatial analysis showed that POCT can speed acute response in rural areas of Hualien County. At a national convocation of the Taiwan Association of Medical Technologists, P&G receptivity and support were strong, suggesting Taiwan will publish national POCT P&G. Priorities include rural areas and vulnerable populations.
Source: Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing and Technology - Category: Pathology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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