More generic drugs were approved by the US FDA in FY 2017 than ever before.

By the end of the 2017 fiscal year in September, the US Food and Drug Administration had approved 763 new generic versions of drugs—112 more than it had in 2016, almost twice as many as in 2014. This record push is part of an effort to lower prescription drug costs. Generic drugs, which work the same way

Major US doctors group opposes physician-assisted suicide

The American College of Physicians, the second-largest physician group in the United States with 152,000 members, has declared that physician-assisted suicide is unethical. The ACP takes a forthright stand with supporting appendicies covering most of the arguments for and against physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Its conclusion is: The ACP does not support the legalization of physician-assisted

2017-10-17T11:19:50+00:00 Tags: |

Making Healthier Decisions, Step by Step

Nobody wakes up expecting they’ll make unhealthy choices, but the daily grind can compromise our otherwise healthy intentions: fast food instead of a home-cooked meal because we’re exhausted; driving instead of walking to the grocery store because it’s more convenient. But what if life came with little reminders to make healthy choices? To address that

2017-10-15T10:48:54+00:00 Tags: |

How Virtual Healthcare Vans Are Taking High-Quality Medical Technology to Rural Areas

India has a dismal doctor-to-patient ratio – around 1:1,900, against the UN-prescribed 1:1,000. The disparity is especially high in rural areas, with about 70 per cent of the country’s population living there. The situation is especially worrisome as bad infrastructure and lack of facilities hold back doctors from taking on assignments in these areas. What’s

2017-10-11T15:43:52+00:00 Tags: |

Ridiculously healthy’ elderly have the same gut microbiome as healthy 30 year-olds

In one of the largest microbiota studies conducted in humans, researchers at Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and Tianyi Health Science Institute in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China have shown a potential link between healthy aging and a healthy gut. With the establishment of the China-Canada Institute, the researchers studied the gut bacteria in a cohort

2017-10-11T15:20:32+00:00 Tags: |

Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades

10 October 2017 The world will have more obese children and adolescents than underweight by 2022, according to a new study by Imperial College London and WHO. The number of obese children and adolescents (aged 5 to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, according to a new study led by

2017-10-11T15:22:03+00:00 Tags: |

Why does divorce run in families? The answer may be genetics

Children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced when compared to those who grew up in two-parent families — and genetic factors are the primary explanation, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden. “Genetics, the Rearing Environment, and the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce: A

2017-10-07T15:42:15+00:00 Tags: |

FDA aims to speed up arrival of complex generic drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced a series of measures designed to speed to market generic versions of complex drugs such as Mylan NV’s emergency EpiPen in an effort to address the rising cost of pharmaceuticals. The measures, announced in a blog post by Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, stray into an area that

Skipping breakfast associated with hardening of the arteries

Irina Uzhova, MSC, et al., examined the diets of male and female volunteers who were free from cardiovascular or chronic kidney disease. A computerized questionnaire was used to estimate the usual diet of the participants, and breakfast patterns were based on the percentage of total daily energy intake consumed at breakfast. Three groups were identified

2017-10-03T07:09:13+00:00 Tags: |

Top 4 grand prize winners for 3rd edition of Ageing-in-Place

Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) and SPRING Singapore today announced the four grand prize winners of the Tech Factor Challenge 2016/2017, themed “Ageing-in-Place”, for novel solutions that enhance the safety, health, and mobility of the elderly. The winning solutions include a portable sepsis risk assessment system, a smart home-based medication device, a remote rehabilitation

2017-09-30T07:48:54+00:00 Tags: |

More spent on healthcare for homeless as recession hit than now

According to the Dublin Simon Community 36 million euro was directed for services in 2008 compared with 32.6m euro now. The agency said there has only been a slight increase in budgets since 2014 while the level of homelessness in the capital has soared by 170%. Dublin Simon also warned that virtually everyone in its

2017-09-28T06:32:25+00:00 Tags: |

Lack of health care access a gateway to homelessness

Headlines about homelessness increasing in Orange County appear regularly in the media these days, along with images of riverbed encampments and stories about crime, hope, the lack of affordable housing and the need for a stronger safety net. The problem is big, and it’s real, and it’s growing in our home county — something none

2017-09-28T06:25:57+00:00 Tags: |

Enhancing last mile in healthcare delivery by retail health-kiosks

  The Indian public healthcare system strenuously lacks healthcare facilities especially in rural areas where the ratio of population and infrastructure is skewed. Internet and mobile apps bring healthcare in the hands of the consumers but a personal and human touch is missing. Among urban population, although healthcare awareness is increasing, the clinical encounters mostly

2017-09-23T12:26:31+00:00 Tags: , |

UK healthcare sector sees opportunities in India

LONDON: The term "brain drain" once referred to Indian medical professionals, among others, going to the UK, but now opportunities are arising for UK healthcare providers and investors to invest in hospitals in India and go there to share skills and learn from their Indian counterparts. According to McKinsey, India will have a total bed

2017-09-23T12:20:29+00:00 Tags: , |

Contribution of opioid-related deaths to the change in life expectancy in the US

Deaths from drug poisoning more than doubled in the United States from 2000 to 2015; poisoning mortality involving opioids more than tripled. Increases in poisonings have been reported to have reduced life expectancy for non-Hispanic white individuals in the United States from 2000 to 2014. Deborah Dowell, M.D., M.P.H., of the Centers for Disease Control

2017-09-21T04:41:24+00:00 Tags: |

Progress on global poverty and disease at risk, Gates says

LONDON, (Reuters) - Proposed United States budget cuts could put in jeopardy great progress in reducing global poverty and disease and lead to 5 million more deaths from AIDS alone, the philanthropist Bill Gates warned on Wednesday. Gates, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a major provider of global health and development funding, said

India adopting digital modes in healthcare faster than US, China

NEW DELHI: India has progressed better than US and China in terms of its specialist doctors adopting digital modes to interact with patients and prescribe medicines, a study revealed on Friday. The study stated that digital channels are slowly but surely gaining ground over traditional ones. This year, the gap further narrowed to around 12%.

2017-09-23T12:16:25+00:00 Tags: , |