Health

Sustainable savings on medical care

One popular idea for lowering the nation's ballooning health care spending is to change the way insurers payprovider organizations for their care. Instead of paying a fee for each service rendered—a model that can encourage the unscrupulous use of more services even when the benefit is dubious—reformers suggest giving clinical practices a global yearly budget

2019-07-26T08:31:43-05:00Tags: |

Understanding the drivers of a shift to sustainable diets

One of the 21st century's greatest challenges is to develop diets that are both sustainable for the planet and good for our bodies. An IIASA-led study explored the major drivers of widespread shifts to sustainable diets using a newly developed computational model of population-wide behavioral dynamics. High meat consumption -- especially of red and processed

2019-07-24T07:42:27-05:00Tags: |

How can the pharma industry turn its sustainability ambitions into action?

The last few weeks have reiterated the critical importance of sustainability action. From Extinction Rebellion and the overwhelmingly positive response the Committee on Climate Change’s call for net zero emission targets by 2050, to the UN’s report on biodiversity, to the pharma-specific crisis around opioids and prosecutions in the US; the issues are high profile,

2019-07-22T06:53:04-05:00Tags: |

Dietary supplements don’t improve heart health or put off death

In a massive new analysis of findings from 277 clinical trials using 24 different interventions, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found that almost all vitamin, mineral and other nutrient supplements or diets cannot be linked to longer life or protection from heart disease. Although they found that most of the supplements or diets

2019-07-18T09:47:41-05:00Tags: |

Making sustainable medical devices: five top tips

The need for sustainable manufacturing practices is more pressing than ever and medical devices are no exception. Medical Technology caught up with thought leaders from across the industry to pull together five top tips for manufacturers. According to the UK Government, plastic waste in the oceans is set to treble within the next decade. Everyday

2019-07-17T09:31:01-05:00Tags: |

Children eligible for healthy eating schemes falls 20%

The number of children eligible for a government healthy eating initiative has fallen by 20 per cent over three years, despite child poverty rising across the UK and a mounting child obesity crisis, official figures show. This comes as budgets for providing fruit and vegetables and healthy eating initiatives to poorer families have been slashed by a quarter in three years under Conservative-led

2019-07-03T05:55:39-05:00Tags: |

‘Well’ Explores The Social And Political Underpinnings Of Health

The typical American conversation about health focuses on personal choice as a key driver — the foods we choose to eat, the number of steps we log each day, the doctors we visit and the medicines we take. But epidemiologist Sandro Galea says that way of thinking is the wrong way. In his new book,

2019-07-03T05:49:49-05:00Tags: |

Bottle X: Exposing Impurities in the Generic Drug Business

In June 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tapped Altaf Lal, an American of Indian origin with sterling public-health credentials, to solve what appeared to be a diplomacy problem. The FDA's relations with Indian regulators were in tatters, one month after India's largest drug company, Ranbaxy, pleaded guilty to seven felonies related to falsifying quality

Transforming Care Delivery to Improve Rural Health

Sixty million Americans—roughly 20% of the population—live in rural areas, according to U.S. census data, but only 11% of physicians and 16% of nurses practice in rural areas. Mortality rates are higher in rural America, too. Delays in emergency care due to transportation time to remote hospital emergency departments can often mean the difference between

2019-06-30T12:50:51-05:00Tags: |

A New Platform to Improve Health Care in Senegal

Beginning in June, Senegal’s Agency for Universal Health launched sunucmu.com (SunuCMU), a website that the agency hopes will streamline health care in the country. The website is a part of the Minister of State Mohammad Abdallah Dionne’s plan for digitalization. He aims to make Senegal’s health care system effective and sustainable. Using SunuCMU, Senegal hopes

2019-06-29T07:27:57-05:00Tags: |

Lifting Haiti’s Poor One Nutritional Shaved Iced Cone at a Time

The World Poverty Clock records more than 597 million of the world’s population living in extreme poverty. The UN’s top Sustainable Development Goal, SDG1 is “Ending Extreme Poverty”. And one social enterprise is shifting the paradigm of poverty reduction, offering the poor a self-help business model. The Portsmouth, NH based nonprofit organization Social Ventures Foundation

2019-06-23T07:49:01-05:00Tags: |

Does Medicine Really Expire?

Ever since 1979, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required that pharmaceutical companies put expiration dates on prescription and over-the-counter medicines. That doesn't mean your bottle of ibuprofen will go bad in the same way as, say, an expired carton of milk. The date that you see printed on a pill bottle is

2019-06-18T02:51:48-05:00Tags: |