Central Sahel – Shaping peace together with women and young people Statement for International Peace Day
By Mabingue Ngom and Shoko ArakakiNEW YORK, Sep 21 2020 (IPS) The countries of Central Sahel—Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger—face an unprecedented crisis, marked by violent extremism, forced displacement, and rising insecurity. The sharp increase in armed attacks on communities, health centres, schools and other public institutions and infrastructure has disrupted livelihoods and access to social services. The impact on affected people is devastating. As the international community responds to the crisis, we must meet immediate needs, and invest in long-term development. We must also work on shaping peace togeth...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mabingue Ngom and Shoko Arakaki Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Peace Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

‘How Am I Going To Make It?’ Months of Eviction Uncertainty Are Taking a Toll on Millions of Families
Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Marlenis Zambrano is out of money. A 48-year-old single mother in Virginia, she tried her best to get by after being furloughed from her Defense Department daycare job in March by selling homemade face masks and empanadas to help support her two dependent children, both in college. She twice applied for housing relief from Arlington County, but was denied because, at the time, she had $5,000 in savings intended for her daughter’s tuition. With that money long gone, Zambrano is living off her credit card, racking up $5,000 in charges to pay for her Arlington, Virginia apartment....
Source: TIME: Health - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

CERENOVUS Launches New Suite of Technologies to Advance Stroke Treatment
IRVINE, CA – September 9, 2020 – CERENOVUS, part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies* today announced that it has launched CERENOVUS Stroke Solutions™, which includes a suite of three devices designed to aid physicians in clot removal procedures. The announcement was made during the virtual European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ESMINT).Strokes are the second leading cause of death globally, and account for an estimated 140,000 deaths in the United States each year.[i],[ii] Over half of stroke survivors become chronically disabled placing an estimated $34 billion econo...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Inside the Dangerous Mission to Understand What Makes Extremists Tick —and How to Change Their Minds
On a cool winter’s day in early 2014, the American academic Nafees Hamid was invited for tea at the second-story at the Barcelona apartment of a young Moroccan man. It started well enough; they sat down at the kitchen table, chatting amiably in French while two acquaintances of the host sat nearby in the living room. Halfway through the conversation, though, things took a turn. “He started saying things like, ‘Why should we trust any Westerner?’” Hamid recalls. “‘Why would we not kill every one of them? Why should I even trust you—you are an American—sitting here? Why s...
Source: TIME: Science - September 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Emily Feldman and Malia Politzer Tags: Uncategorized extremism feature Londontime Source Type: news

Online Therapy, Booming During the Coronavirus Pandemic, May Be Here to Stay
Mental health flows from the ceramic jug psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb keeps on her desk. There’s nothing special about the jug—a minor accessory in an office designed with the sort of tidy impersonality common to her field. And there’s no special elixir in it—just water. But all the same, the jug provides a certain kind of healing. When patients are struggling, crying, overcome in some way, Gottlieb, a Los Angeles based practitioner and author of the book Maybe You Should Talk to someone, will offer up a cup of water, pour it for them and hand it across. In that small gesture is a whole constellati...
Source: TIME: Health - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Paying for cell and gene therapy - Is the future already here?
The ascent of cell and gene therapies over the past few years has been astonishing. And their rise looks unstoppable: By 2025, the FDA expects it will be reviewing 10 to 20 of these transformative drugs per year.    But as we listen to affordability concerns from payers, providers and patients, we ’ve also had to ask, perhaps a bit provocatively, how we can afford to pay for this boom in future cures?  " Without solutions to help payers manage the cost, some of our members may make the choice to exclude coverage " , stated insurer CVS Health earlier in the year in its position paper on ...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ulrich Neumann Source Type: news

Paying for cell and gene therapy - Is the future already here?
The ascent of cell and gene therapies over the past few years has been astonishing. And their rise looks unstoppable: By 2025, the FDA expects it will be reviewing 10 to 20 of these transformative drugs per year.    But as we listen to affordability concerns from payers, providers and patients, we ’ve also had to ask, perhaps a bit provocatively, how we can afford to pay for this boom in future cures?  " Without solutions to help payers manage the cost, some of our members may make the choice to exclude coverage " , stated insurer CVS Health earlier in the year in its position paper on ...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ulrich Neumann Source Type: news

Local Economies Have Been Decimated by the Coronavirus —But This Is Just a Preview of What Climate Change Could Do
This summer has been a cruel one in the American Sunbelt. In our hospitals, pain, fear and death abound because of COVID-19. Outside, a mass of restive, unemployed workers face down deadly heat waves, swiftly rising sea levels and the peak of hurricane season. But even if the viral hardship feels wanton, it doesn’t have to be without purpose. In South Florida, Phoenix and the Rio Grande Valley – all of which have battled surging COVID cases – citizens are being offered a vision of their climate-changed future through the pathogen’s devastation. Which means we have a chance to adapt now and avoid the...
Source: TIME: Science - August 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Mario Alejandro Ariza Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Source Type: news

Future of Education Is Here
Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot WaitBy Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Aug 19 2020 (IPS) There are moments when the world has no choice but to come together. Those moments become historic turning points. This is one of them. We are now faced with the greatest education emergency of our time. Over one billion children are out of school. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis of such magnitude and depth that the next generation might neither have the capacity and tools, nor the will, to rebuild – let alone build back better. Yasmine Sherif The world has not planned well for the future. At its w...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news

No End in Sight as U.S. Cases Pass 5 Million
The U.S. logged 5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases today, hitting another grim milestone in the nearly 6-month long pandemic that has devastated the country. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The New Poor Post-pandemic: Time for Cushioning the Most Vulnerable in Southeast Asia
Credit: Unsplash / Lynda Hinton By Kaveh Zahedi and Van NguyenBANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 4 2020 (IPS) After decades of impressive growth, for the first time, Southeast Asia is experiencing a drop in measured human development. The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will likely take months to reveal itself and years to put right. Yet, a legacy of mobilizing under constraints is leading Southeast Asia’s pandemic response. During the first two months of COVID-19 lockdown, the once bustling streets of Bangkok were unusually quiet. In the alley nested between two high-end shopping malls in downtown Bangkok, an elder...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kaveh Zahedi and Van Nguyen Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Financial Crisis Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Mysterious cloud over volcano Arsia Mons in Mars reappears 2 years after previous sighting
(Natural News) The spacecraft Mars Express from the European Space Agency (ESA) captured images on July 17 and 19 that show a mysterious cloud about 1,110 miles long hovering over the volcano Arsia Mons in Mars. Scientists said that it previously appeared in the same spot in 2018, as well as at least three more occasions... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Froedtert Hospital's Eric Conley hits community health head-on
Froedtert Hospital's new president Eric Conley never lost sight of the central role of health care systems serving all segments of their communities and addressing long-running health challenges. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 31, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Here ’s What the Science Actually Says About Kids and COVID-19
Benjamin Knorr, a 40-year-old single father in Janesville, Wisc., says there’s about a 50-50 chance he’ll send his two teenage sons back to school this fall. His 13-year-old, Aiden, would especially like to get back to his friends, sports, and regular life. But Knorr, an independent contractor, has asthma, and fears that his health and finances would be imperiled if one of his boys brought COVID-19 home from school. “If the numbers go up in Dane County and Rock County, where I work and live, it’s over. We’re just doing the online school,” Knorr says. “We already got through two mon...
Source: TIME: Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

Inside the Global Quest to Trace the Origins of COVID-19 —and Predict Where It Will Go Next
It wasn’t greed, or curiosity, that made Li Rusheng grab his shotgun and enter Shitou Cave. It was about survival. During Mao-era collectivization of the early 1970s, food was so scarce in the emerald valleys of southwestern China’s Yunnan province that farmers like Li could expect to eat meat only once a year–if they were lucky. So, craving protein, Li and his friends would sneak into the cave to hunt the creatures they could hear squeaking and fluttering inside: bats. Li would creep into the gloom and fire blindly at the vaulted ceiling, picking up any quarry that fell to the ground, while his companion...
Source: TIME: Health - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell/ Yuxi, Yunnan and Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Webinars: Engaging at scale now and tomorrow
Almost overnight, webinars have become a key resource for pharma during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In May for example, Reuters Events Pharma witnessed the biggest virtual audience of any of its online events, when 3000 attendees joined the webinar on “The new normal of HCP engagement.”    It was just one demonstration of the powerful reach webinars can have. In March webinar use soared across multiple industries – a huge increase in frequency from the same time last year when audiences typically avoided Mondays and Fridays for online events.  The benefits of webinars A chief advan...
Source: EyeForPharma - July 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nicola Davies Source Type: news

London hospital starts virtual ward rounds for medical students
Imperial College doctors with AR glasses examine patients as trainees watch remotelyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA flock of students stumbling after a consultant on a ward round has long been a familiar sight in hospitals. Perhaps not for much longer though – a university has pioneered the use of augmented reality to allow students to take part from home.Imperial College has conducted what it said is the world ’s first virtual ward round for medical students, which means an entire class of 350 students can watch a consultant examining patients rather than the three or four w...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 4, 2020 Category: Science Authors: James Tapper Tags: NHS Augmented reality Hospitals Coronavirus outbreak UK news London Microsoft Health Science Technology Medicine Source Type: news

COVID-19 has Further Marginalised Persons with Disabilities
Containment measures, such as physical distancing and self-isolation, may be impossible for those who rely on the support of others to eat, dress, and bathe. Credit: Bigstock By Srilakshmi BellamkondaHYDERABAD, India, Jun 16 2020 (IPS) Since the beginning of the year, more than 200 nations across the globe have been affected by COVID-19. Many are still reeling under the devastating effects of the pandemic, with both public health and the global economy having taken a major blow. Emerging markets seem to be especially vulnerable, given that their healthcare facilities tend to be ill-equipped to tackle a pandemic of this nat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Srilakshmi Bellamkonda Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

China ’s “Two Sessions”, and the Hiccups in Hong Kong
By Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed ChowdhurySINGAPORE, Jun 12 2020 (IPS-Partners) The eyes of much of the world were focused on Beijing during the last week of May. That was because China had scheduled for that time-perod what is generally collectively termed “Two Sessions” or Lianghui in Mandarin. These are back-to-back annual parliamentary meetings of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC). The event usually take place in March, but this year had to be pushed back to May because of the COVID virus. Again, ordinarily, these last ten days, but this...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Tags: Economy & Trade Health Source Type: news

I Thought I Was Doing Pretty Well. Then Came the Pandemic
At the dawn of the pandemic, as businesses shuttered and frontline workers braved inadequate conditions and the death toll began to tick frighteningly upward, I was home alone, nursing one selfish obsession: that I would use this time to get in really good shape. I am not proud of this–I would much rather write that I was raising money for communities disproportionately affected by this crisis, or delivering meals to the immunocompromised–but it’s the truth. The more I thought about it, the more the idea sharpened in my mind’s eye: this persistent fantasy of how I would emerge anew once the lockdown...
Source: TIME: Health - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sam Lansky Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Burnt-out health-care workers warn of mass exodus, with no end in sight to mandatory redeployment to CHSLDs
Documents obtained by CBC News show at least one of Montreal's regional health boards plans to keep physiotherapists and occupational therapists reassigned to long-term care homes until at least January. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

The Bible, Donald Trump and Plastic
Credit: u/USMCinUSABy Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Jun 5 2020 (IPS) Another episode of the spectacular show that could be called The Greatest Story Ever Told: The Saga of the Trump Presidency, scripted and acted by Trump himself, took place on 1st of June. As U.S. cities were scenes of demonstrations and looting, President Trump declared himself to be ”the president of law and order” and said he was going to dispatch ”thousands and thousands” of law enforcement personell to Washington, to stop the ”destruction of property”. Meanwhile, tear gas, rubber bullets, shields and horses were us...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Crime & Justice Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights North America Religion TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Elimination of Leprosy
Traveling man: the Goodwill Ambassador shares a joke with two residents of a leprosarium in Krantau, Uzbekistan during a visit in 2013.By External SourceMay 29 2020 (IPS-Partners)   Warm greetings from Sasakawa Health Foundation in Tokyo. The 100th Issue of the WHO Goodwill Ambassador’s Newsletter has been published. Read special interviews with the Goodwill Ambassador and the UN Special Rapporteur on leprosy, and check out the Timeline of all that has happened since the first issue. My Journey Continues I started this newsletter in April 2003 to share information about the fight against leprosy. This marks th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Health Source Type: news

Remaining Competitive in the Medtech Industry
Within the healthcare industry there is an understanding among medical device companies that the drive for improvements in both manufacturing and packaging is a constant. In this time of increased flux, companies must strive to retain their competitive edge by establishing a foundation of trust and experience combined with a spirit of flexibility. For contract manufacturers servicing customers ranging from Fortune 100 powerhouses to the newest startups, it’s paramount to have a sound leadership team focused on a few key operating principles. In this way, medical device contract manufacturing and packaging...
Source: MDDI - May 22, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Aaron Swanson Tags: Contract Manufacturing Source Type: news

Humpback Whales Have Made a Remarkable Recovery, Giving Us Hope for the Planet
In the depths of the ocean, and out of sight for most of us, there’s a quiet miracle happening. Many humpback whale populations, previously devastated by commercial whaling, are making a comeback. And no, before you ask, this has nothing to do with the coronavirus. A recent study on humpbacks that breed off the coast of Brazil and call Antarctic waters home during the summer has shown that these whales can now be found in the sort of numbers seen before the days of whaling. Records suggest that in the 1830s there were around 27,000 whales but, after heavy hunting, by the mid-1950s only 450 remained. It is reassuring...
Source: TIME: Science - May 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Dr. Kirsten Thompson Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

How Russia ’s Coronavirus Outbreak Became One of the World’s Worst
Russian President Vladimir Putin eased the nationwide lockdown imposed on March 30 to stem the spread of the coronavirus, even as Russia becomes Europe’s new hotspot for the infection. With more than 250,000 cases as of May 15, Russia now has the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. In a televised address to the nation on May 11, Putin said that some sectors would return to work from the following day, though restrictions on large public events across the country would stay in place. Everyone is required to wear face masks and gloves in shops and on public transport. Still closed in Moscow ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeline Roache Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer feature Londontime Source Type: news

High Demand Caused by COVID-19 Helps Baxter Beat 1Q20 Expectations
Baxter International is experiencing significant revenue growth because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Because of the virus’s impact, the Deerfield, IL-based company beat Wall Street expectations for its 1Q20 earnings. Baxter reported results of $2.8 billion, a 6% increase from the $2.6 billion reported in 1Q19. The results beat out consensus, which came in at about $2.7 billion. Higher demand for Baxter’s continuous renal placement therapy line, generic injectables and parenteral nutrition therapies, and intravenous solutions contributed to sales growth. Executives estimated that ...
Source: MDDI - May 4, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: COVID-19 Business Source Type: news

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Reinvention of the Spirit of Solidarity and Cooperation
Primary School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: Shafiqul Alam Kiron/IPS.By Manssour Bin MussallamGENEVA, Apr 30 2020 (IPS) An invisible adversary has thrown the world – Global South and Global North alike – into disarray. The psychosocial and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will remain with us long after it has been overcome. There will be no anti-viral return to the pre-coronavirus status quo, nor can we afford to idly wait for a viral transformation of our world. The future is not inevitable, abstract promise – it will depend on our collective readiness to forge it, or to be forged by it. Man...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Manssour Bin Mussallam Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Can Intuitive Surgical Continue to Rise Above COVID-19 Disruptions?
Intuitive Surgical beat analysts’ estimates and revenue rose about 13% for 1Q20, however, the company said the rest of 2020 is in question because of COVID-19. The Sunnyvale, CA-based company said procedures with its da Vinci robot were trending at the higher end of expectations during the first two and half months of 1Q20. But the surgical robotics pioneer’s story changed sharply in the latter half of March. The company said it experienced a decline in procedure volume as healthcare systems in the U.S. and Western Europe diverted resources to meet the increasing demands of managing COVI...
Source: MDDI - April 17, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business COVID-19 Source Type: news

The Science Behind Your Weird Coronavirus Dreams (And Nightmares)
Earlier this month, my friend Claire Arkin, 30, a non-profit worker in Berkeley, Cali., told me she’d been having oddly vivid and specific dreams. In one, she was getting dressed to attend a fancy gala, but instead of donning an evening gown and diamonds, she wrapped herself in toilet paper, “like some kind of f–ked up status symbol,” she said. A few nights later, she dreamt about men she’d met on a fictional dating app making her anxious by not staying the social distance-required six feet away from her. Many people have been paying attention to their dreams more during the global coronavirus...
Source: TIME: Science - April 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sophie Weiner Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

The Science Behind Your Weird Coronavirus Dreams (And Nightmares)
Earlier this month, my friend Claire Arkin, 30, a non-profit worker in Berkeley, Cali., told me she’d been having oddly vivid and specific dreams. In one, she was getting dressed to attend a fancy gala, but instead of donning an evening gown and diamonds, she wrapped herself in toilet paper, “like some kind of f–ked up status symbol,” she said. A few nights later, she dreamt about men she’d met on a fictional dating app making her anxious by not staying the social distance-required six feet away from her. Many people have been paying attention to their dreams more during the global coronavirus...
Source: TIME: Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sophie Weiner Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

'Friendship' groups could help flamingos stay in the pink – study
UK survey of Gloucestershire flocks shows birds hang out in small social networksThe sight of tens of thousands of flamingos flocking together to create a huge pink cloud may be one of the wonders of the natural world but research suggests that within these vast congregations, individual birds form intimate, long-lasting friendship groups.A five-year study of captive flocks in Gloucestershire has found that flamingos spend large amounts of time with specific close “friends” in groups of up to four or five.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 14, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Steven Morris Tags: Animal behaviour UK news Animals University of Exeter Environment Biology Science Source Type: news

‘We Carry That Burden.’ Medical Workers Fighting COVID-19 Are Facing a Mental Health Crisis
As a critical care doctor in New York City, Monica is used to dealing with high-octane situations and treating severely ill patients. But she says the COVID-19 outbreak is unlike anything she’s seen before. Over the past few weeks, operating rooms have been transformed into ICUs, physicians of all backgrounds have been drafted into emergency room work, and two of her colleagues became ICU patients. While Monica is proud of her coworkers for rising to the challenge, she says it’s been hard for them to fight a prolonged battle against a deadly, highly contagious illness with no known cure. To make matters worse,...
Source: TIME: Health - April 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

Asia-Pacific Response to COVID-19 and Climate Emergency Must Build a Resilient and Sustainable Future
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAPBy Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Apr 8 2020 (IPS) The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people’s lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific. Countries in our region are striving to mitigate the massive socioeconomic impact of the pandemic, which is also expected to affect the region’s economic health. In its annual Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020 launched today, the United...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Financial Crisis Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Boston Scientific Cuts Pay and Withdraws Revenue Guidance
As expected, medical device companies are feeling the financial impact of the new coronavirus – and it's only going to get worse. Boston Scientific was already expecting the virus to lower first-quarter revenue by $10 million to $40,000 as early as Feb. 5, when the company hosted it's last earnings call. Then, as COVID-19 reached a global pandemic level in March, procedure volumes took a nose dive. The Marlborough, MA-based company now expects first quarter 2020 revenue growth to be flat to "up slightly" compared to first quarter 2019 revenue, and ...
Source: MDDI - April 2, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Global Air Pollution Has Fallen Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak, but Experts Warn It Isn ’t a Silver Lining
Around the world an unexpected impact of the economic shuttering due to the coronavirus outbreak is striking blue skies and clear water in places, from Venice to Beijing, Los Angeles to Bangalore, where only weeks ago pollution dominated. COVID-19 has driven the global economy to a near-halt as the pandemic sweeps the globe. With factories shuttered and cars parked in garages, air pollution has dissipated in cities. The Chinese capital Beijing, known for the lung-choking levels of toxic pollution that shroud the city, has had the unusual sight of clear skies as factories in the region have shut down production. Given China...
Source: TIME: Science - April 1, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk Source Type: news

When Will You Know You Are Ready for Treatment?
While some people who’ve become addicted to alcohol and drugs have to hit rock bottom before they’re ready to accept treatment, most realize or can be convinced of the need to get professional help long before such a calamitous event. As for the timing, knowing when you are ready for treatment, it’s different for everyone. It may help to know some of the common signs you’re ready to take the crucial next step.  You’ve Had Enough — And So Has Everyone Else The list of addictive behaviors is long and varied, including problem drinking and alcohol abuse that descends into alcohol use d...
Source: Psych Central - March 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Addictions Alcoholism Habits Substance Abuse Source Type: news

Health Workers Are the Frontline Soldiers Against Covid-19. Let ’s Protect Them
Health workers are at the frontlines in the fight against the new Corona Virus. Credit: John NjorogeBy Mutahi Kagwe and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 2020 (IPS) Many soldiers have seen first-hand the horrors of war and, terrifying though it often was, they knew who they were fighting, and could recognise their enemy. The COVID 19 or the new Corona Virus is different. In this virus we have an enemy which is invisible and sometimes deadly, and the task is harder. About a century ago the Spanish flu pandemic killed an estimated 50 million people, more than the combined total casualties of World Wars I and II. Ou...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mutahi Kagwe and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Statistical sightings of better angels: analysing the distribution of battle-deaths in interstate conflict over time - Cunen C, Hjort NL, Nyg ård HM.
Have great wars become less violent over time, and is there something we might identify as the long peace? We investigate statistical versions of such questions, by examining the number of battle-deaths in the Correlates of War dataset, with 95 interstate ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Trump ’s State of Emergency Is an Admission of Failure by the U.S. Government
President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency is designed to speed federal support to parts of America that are struggling to prepare for a coming surge of COVID-19 cases, unlocking $50 billion in aid, giving hospitals and doctors more freedom to handle a potential tsunami of sick patients and scrambling to make tests available. In a Rose Garden press conference Friday, Trump presented the emergency measures as proof that, “No nation is more prepared or more equipped to face down this crisis.” But for epidemiologists, medical experts and current and former U.S. public health officials, the ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: W.J. Hennigan Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

May I have a word about … Cobra and coronavirus | Jonathan Bouquet
Why did it take so long for the government to summon its emergency committee? Perhaps it should be renamedExactly how powerful is a cobra? I only ask because it seems the species is getting something of a bad name. It can move at up to 12mph, a damn sight quicker than I can run, and the amount of venom it can deliver in a single bite is enough to kill 20 people, or even an elephant. So not to be sniffed at.So why is the government ’s emergency committee known asCobra? You would have thought that the coronavirus crisis would have seen it summoned earlier than thebeginning of last week to produce a robust response. I f...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 8, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jonathan Bouquet Tags: Cobra (Civil Contingencies Committee) Coronavirus outbreak Science Infectious diseases World news Source Type: news

Paclitaxel Controversy Is Causing CE Mark Delays for New Paclitaxel Devices
Tension over stents and balloons that are either coated with or are designed to release paclitaxel has eased up in the United States, but across the pond may be a different story. The meta-analysis published in late 2018 that showed an increased risk of death for patients treated with paclitaxel devices seems to have given European regulators pause with regards to these devices. Eden Prairie, MN-based Surmodics submitted all the required modules for its SurVeil drug-coated balloon (DCB) to the European notified body before the end of the company's fiscal year 2019, but CEO Gary Maharaj said the organization has...
Source: MDDI - February 7, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Sensing Changes in Remote and Surgical Devices
The role of sensors in medical devices is becoming increasingly more important, especially when it comes to developing new technologies such as wearable devices that can diagnose and transmit information for long periods of time. Recent developments in sensor technologies are driving the trend toward the decentralization of healthcare by putting diagnostic instruments in the hands (or on the bodies) of patients. The move toward miniaturization in medical devices has also enabled sensors to be placed on laparoscopic instruments, providing surgeons with valuable haptic feedback. Experts will examine sensor advancements in th...
Source: MDDI - February 6, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Susan Shepard Tags: Electronics Source Type: news

Choosing Freedom, After Decades of Switching Addictions
This article includes references to self-injury, intravenous drug use and disordered eating.* One in five US high school students have reported being bullied. Approximately 160,000 teenagers have skipped school as a preventative measure. I encountered bullies for the first time in second grade, in the midst of such an innocent time of my youth. I dreaded entering my elementary school classroom, as I was well aware of what my presence would entail. I endured both verbal and physical harassment from my fellow peers for nearly a decade. I was passive, inevitably leading to the acceptance of my “fate,” in addition ...
Source: Psych Central - January 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Megan Lane Tags: Addictions Anorexia Bullying Depression Eating Disorders Personal Stories Substance Abuse Addiction Recovery Anorexia Nervosa Drug Use heroin Self Harm Self Injury Source Type: news

Revealed: The trusts where patients lost their sight after follow-up delays
Dozens of patients suffered permanent or long-term harm to their eyes after waiting too long for a follow-up appointment, HSJ can reveal — with thousands more waiting over a year longer than they should have. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Weird wonders of the deep: The coffinfish can hold its breath for up to 4 minutes at a time
(Natural News) It’s not every day you get to see a fish holding its breath, let alone for up to relatively long stretches of time. But this is exactly the sight that greeted researchers Nicholas Long and Stacy Farina while observing footage captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) remotely operated vehicles (ROV). According... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A week in the dark rewires brain cell networks and changes hearing in adult mice
(University of Maryland) New research reveals how a week in the dark rewires brain cell networks and changes hearing sensitivity in adult mice long after the optimal window for auditory learning has passed. With further study, cross-modal learning -- the manipulation of one sense to induce change in another sense -- could be used to help people with disabilities. For example, temporary sight deprivation might be used to help deaf and hearing-impaired people adapt to cochlear implants and hearing aids. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Five Hurdles to Localizing Global Development —and How NGOs Can Help Overcome Them
By Pape Amadou Gaye, President and Chief Executive OfficerNovember 27, 2019Just 20 years ago, we could hardly imagine an AIDS-free generation. And the idea that poor countries would no longer rely on foreign aid to care for their people was inconceivable.But today, I believe both are in sight.The entire field of global health and development is shifting. Major funders, such as the U.S. government, are pushing ahead with an approach called localization, wherein countries manage their own foreign aid, mobilize their own public and private revenues, and eventually become self-reliant.This is what so many of us in nongo...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Leadership and Governance Policy & Advocacy Source Type: news

Intimacy Without Intoxication: Is Sober Sex Better?
The sun is streaming through the curtains of a room that you have never seen before. You squint and rub your bloodshot eyes, as your hand reaches out to feel the prone body of the snoring person who a few hours earlier was a stranger. You notice your own naked body and wonder how the two of you spent the interceding time. You look at the floor next to the bed and see your clothes, strewn across the carpet, wine bottles and glasses, a few joints, and a line of cocaine on the dresser across the room. You slide out of bed, gather your belongings, hightail it to the bathroom and quickly get yourself street ready. Wondering ho...
Source: Psych Central - November 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Addictions Sexuality Substance Abuse Drug Abuse Rape Sexual Assault Sober Support Sobriety Trauma Source Type: news