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A Civic Duty To Improve Access To Generic Pharmaceuticals

Introductory note: The origins of Civica Rx were discussed in a previous Health Affairs Blog post, which also addressed whether the then-unnamed company should manufacture or purchase generic drugs. This post focuses on the unique governing role that three philanthropic organizations have as investors and founding board members in this first-of-its-kind venture, which is focused on

“Much of Modern Medicine May Become Infeasible”

The health care market is failing to support new antibiotics used to treat some of the world’s most dangerous, drug-resistant “superbugs,” according to a new analysis by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine infectious disease scientists. In a study published yesterday (October 7, 2019) in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society

2019-10-13T10:06:02-05:00Tags: |

Environmental toxins impair immune system over multiple generations

New research shows that maternal exposure to a common and ubiquitous form of industrial pollution can harm the immune system of offspring and that this injury is passed along to subsequent generations, weakening the body's defenses against infections such as the influenza virus. The study was led by Paige Lawrence, Ph.D., with the University of

2019-10-10T07:41:59-05:00Tags: |

Cybersecurity: Ransomware attacks shut down clinics, hospitals

What’s the news: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and it arrives not a moment too soon. Ransomware attacks across all industries grew by 118% in the first quarter of the year, according to the August 2019 McAfee Labs Threat Report, and recent news reports reveal that health care-related computer systems are becoming an increasingly

2019-10-09T12:52:53-05:00Tags: |

Aspirin may halve air pollution harms

A new study is the first to report evidence that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin may lessen the adverse effects of air pollution exposure on lung function. The team of researchers from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Boston University School of Medicine published their findings in

2019-10-06T06:52:41-05:00Tags: |

The Other U.S. Prescription Drug Problem

Last week, drugmaker Novartis issued a recall of generic versions of the popular heartburn medication Zantac. The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that the drug's active ingredient, ranitidine, had been contaminated with a carcinogen known as NDMA. On Monday, CVS pulled Zantac and its generics from its shelves; Walgreens had already stopped selling the drug earlier. This

Antimicrobial resistance is drastically rising

The world is experiencing unprecedented economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. An increasing number of people in India, China, Latin America and Africa have become wealthier, and this is reflected in their consumption of meat and dairy products. In Africa, meat consumption has risen by more than half; in Asia and Latin America it

2019-09-25T12:05:33-05:00Tags: |

Hydrogel to repair heart

Ventrix, a University of California San Diego spin-off company, has successfully conducted a first-in-human, FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical trial of an injectable hydrogel that aims to repair damage and restore cardiac function in heart failure patients who previously suffered a heart attack. The trial is the first to test a hydrogel designed to repair cardiac

2019-09-24T19:06:28-05:00Tags: |

Hospitals Post Price Lists, Consumers Are Asked To Check Up On Them

With much fanfare, federal officials required hospitals nationwide this year to post their “list” prices online. But it’s not yet clear how many are doing it, even as the government has taken the rare step of asking consumers to monitor hospital compliance. Most hospitals appear to be complying with the rule, according to hospital officials

2019-09-20T07:34:03-05:00Tags: |

How Health Systems Are Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

The human and health impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly hard to ignore. Extreme weather events are disrupting more and more lives and businesses while also exacerbating chronic health conditions like asthma, expanding the range of infectious diseases, and worsening mental illness. In 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that to

2019-09-18T09:17:10-05:00Tags: |

How sustainable design can transform health care

Dubbed a “sustainability superstar” by a national property awards judging panel, the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital is setting the standard for green health care in Australia. Just 1% of the 2000-plus Green Star buildings around Australia are in the healthcare sector. Most of Australia’s greenest buildings are offices. But if banks and law

2019-09-02T20:00:52-05:00Tags: |

Sedentary lifestyle for 20 years doubles mortality risk

Two decades of a sedentary lifestyle is associated with a two times risk of premature death compared to being physically active, according to results from the HUNT study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. Study author Dr Trine Moholdt of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim,

2019-09-01T19:24:01-05:00Tags: |

USC’s Street Medicine team brings the hospital to the homeless

Nurse Gabrielle Johnson grabs a backpack bursting with medical supplies from the backseat of her Chevy Colorado and jogs across under a freeway overpass in Boyle Heights to see her first patient. Brett Feldman, a physician assistant, is right alongside her. “Hey Bill!” Johnson called out toward a group of tents on the left side

2019-08-28T08:54:28-05:00Tags: |

How to start a digital healthcare revolution in Africa in 6 steps

Nowhere is better positioned to benefit from the digital revolution in healthcare than Africa, where technology can help tackle the rising burden of disease and major obstacles in infrastructure and the environment. However, realizing the promise of digital healthcare technology, while avoiding its potential pitfalls, will require a comprehensive, systematic approach based on the principles

2019-08-27T06:52:27-05:00Tags: |