An Equal Playing Field?

Do we all begin life on an equal playing field, with a more-or-less similar starting package that makes us all masters of our own destiny? Not quite. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that much of who we are may come from how we started. Recent research from the areas of human development and

2018-03-15T10:04:50+00:00 Tags: |

GE’s healthymagination Mother and Child Programme Graduates its Second Group of Social Entrepreneurs

GE ( and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship will graduate 11 social entrepreneurs who completed training and mentorship aimed at accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in Africa. The programme culminates in an investor showcase event where the finalists will present their respective enterprises to an audience of potential investors. GE’s healthymagination

2018-03-14T07:30:27+00:00 Tags: |

Fiber-fermenting bacteria improve health of type 2 diabetes patients

The fight against type 2 diabetes may soon improve thanks to a pioneering high-fiber diet study led by a Rutgers University–New Brunswick professor. Promotion of a select group of gut bacteria by a diet high in diverse fibers led to better blood glucose control, greater weight loss and better lipid levels in people with type

2018-03-14T07:21:04+00:00 Tags: |

Supportive colleagues could be key to health and fairness at work

According to a new study by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Stockholm University, there is a clear link between a person’s health and their perceptions of fairness at work over time. The most significant factor in that link is the amount of support a worker feels he or she gets from

2018-03-10T09:43:19+00:00 Tags: |

Probe Into Generic Drug Price Fixing Set To Widen

Forty-five states and the Department of Justice are claiming that generic-drug prices are fixed and the alleged collusion may have cost U.S. business and consumers more than $1 billion. In their complaint, prosecutors say that when pharmacies asked drugmakers for their lowest price, the manufacturers would rig the bidding process. "The companies would work out in

E-cigarette flavors are toxic to white blood cells, warn scientists

Sugar and spice are not so nice, at least when it comes to vaping or inhalation. Exposure to e-cigarette flavoring chemicals and liquids can cause significant inflammation to monocytes, a type of white blood cell — and many flavoring compounds are also toxic, with cinnamon, vanilla and buttery flavors among the worst. That’s the finding

2018-03-10T09:32:29+00:00 Tags: |

Ridesharing may not reduce number of missed medical appointments, Penn study finds

PHILADELPHIA - The high number of low-income patients missing medical appointments because of unreliable transportation has led to partnerships between health care systems and ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, in an effort to ease travel and boost attendance. However, a new study from Penn Medicine researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that

2018-03-06T13:13:58+00:00 Tags: |

‘Making’ a real difference

A new club in Kingston is innovating tech solutions for medical problems. Medical Makers is a global organization based in Toronto that works to create open-source 3D printing prototypes that benefit patients and health-care providers, especially in a humanitarian setting. The organization brings together professionals working in science, technology and medicine, as well as students

2018-03-06T13:08:01+00:00 Tags: |

GE programme aims to better equip social health entrepreneur

By KENNEDY KANGETHE, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 6 – General Electric has announced its commitment to equipping more social entrepreneurs in the area of healthcare on the continent of Africa. Through its healthymagination Mother and Child Programme, the firm plans to build capacity through training and mentorship in a bid to scale impact and improve healthcare

2018-03-06T13:03:00+00:00 Tags: |

More diversity needed in medical school textbooks: study

Depictions of race and skin tone in anatomy textbooks widely used in North American medical schools could be contributing to racial bias in medical treatment, new research suggests. Findings of the study, carried out by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Toronto (U of T), found dark skin tones

2018-03-05T09:17:45+00:00 Tags: |

Genetics or Lifestyle: What Is It That Shapes our Microbiome?

The question of nature vs nurture extends to our microbiome – the personal complement of mostly-friendly bacteria we carry around with us. Study after study has found that our microbiome affects nearly every aspect of our health; and its microbial composition, which varies from individual to individual, may hold the key to everything from weight

2018-03-05T09:08:44+00:00 Tags: |

Patients Eagerly Awaited a Generic Drug. Then They Saw the Price.

When Teva Pharmaceuticals announced recently that it would begin selling a copycat version of Syprine — an expensive drug invented in the 1960s — the news seemed like a welcome development for people taking old drugs that have skyrocketed in price. Syprine, which treats a rare condition known as Wilson disease, gained notoriety after Valeant Pharmaceuticals

‘Obesity paradox’ debunked

A new study debunks the "obesity paradox," a counterintuitive finding that showed people who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease live longer if they are overweight or obese compared with people who are normal weight at the time of diagnosis. Obese people live shorter lives and have a greater proportion of life with cardiovascular disease,

2018-03-01T18:31:56+00:00 Tags: |

Being Raised in Greener Neighborhoods May Have Beneficial Effects on Brain Development

Primary schoolchildren who have been raised in homes surrounded by more greenspace tend to present with larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas of the brain. Those anatomic differences are in turn associated with beneficial effects on cognitive function. This is the main conclusion of a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives

2018-02-28T07:15:31+00:00 Tags: |

‘Immortality’ Enzyme

Research from the laboratory of Professor Julian Chen in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University recently uncovered a crucial step in the telomerase enzyme catalytic cycle. This catalytic cycle determines the ability of the human telomerase enzyme to synthesize DNA "repeats" (specific DNA segments of six nucleotides) onto chromosome ends, and so

2018-02-28T06:43:08+00:00 Tags: |

Businesses cut the cost of sick leave thanks to Rhyl City Strategy

A social enterprise is on a mission to combat absenteeism at work through ill-health, which is costing the Welsh economy £500 million a year in lost production. New figures have shown that last year Rhyl City Strategy (RCS), which has offices in Rhyl and Bangor, has helped 86 business and enabled more than 380 people

2018-02-26T10:51:21+00:00 Tags: |

Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France. This study looked specifically at the effect of alcohol use

2018-02-26T05:09:00+00:00 Tags: |