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Is "Modern Medicine" Indistinguishable From Magic?

Evidently, most of health care's technologies are not yet sufficiently advanced. For example, just think about chemotherapy.  We've spent lots of money developing ever more powerful, always more expensive, hopefully more precise drugs to combat cancers.  In many cases they've helped improve cancer patients' lifespans -- adding months or even years of life.  But few who take them would say the drugs are without noticeable side effects -- e.g., patients often suffer nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, appetite loss, sexual issues, or a mental fog that is literally called "chemo brain."...

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Is The Pharmaceutical Industry Doing Enough To Increase Access To Essential Medicines?

Charles Moore | Bio News Texas | April 8, 2014

A report in The Lancet Global Health journal, citing the World Health Organization’s World Medicines Situation, notes that despite progress in many countries, about a third of the world’s population still has no regular access to essential medicines, and says responsibility to resolve this problem lies with many, including the pharmaceutical industry.

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Is This The Best Source Of Ebola Info?

Bob Brewin | Nextgov.com | September 22, 2014

ReliefWeb, a website operated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, stands out as a rich source of information on the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the international response by governments and nongovernmental organizations worldwide...

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Konektaz Open Development & Open Data

Staff Writer | Geeks Without Bounds | April 11, 2013

On April 15, 2013 the United Nations marked the 1000 day mark to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals. The eight goals are [as follows]... Read More »

Map It, Change It for RIO+20

Heather Leson | Ushahidi | February 6, 2012

At the recent United States Rio +20 pre-event, Ushahidi had a chance to feature the work of amazing deployers trying to share, understand and change their world. These examples should get your mind spinning on some of the untold map stories that you could activate. Citizen crowdsourcing can elevate and visualize your subject. And, you may be surprised who you hear from and how you can collaborate.

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Medicine and Public Health in Nuclear War Diplomacy and Response

Press Release | University of Georgia | September 7, 2017

The world is not prepared to deal with the devastating effects of a thermonuclear attack, according to Cham Dallas, professor of public health and director of the Institute for Disaster Management at the University of Georgia. Dallas said that the development of a hydrogen bomb by North Korea is a transformative event, especially from the point of view of the medical and public health response to a thermonuclear detonation...

Merck To Bristol-Myers Face Threats On India Patents (Correct)

Ketaki Gokhale | Bloomberg Businessweek | January 28, 2014

Pharmaceutical companies from Merck & Co. (MRK:US) to Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY:US) face fresh threats to protecting their patents in India as a government-appointed panel prepares to evaluate more drugs for local makers to copy.  The panel is looking beyond the cancer treatments it studied last year to areas such as HIV and diabetes, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

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Mobile Health Apps Have Role In Ebola Crisis

Neil Polwart | Information Week Healthcare | August 25, 2014

Mobile health apps could play a bigger role than they have to date in speeding the response to a global health crisis...

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Mobile Health Apps Have Role In Ebola Crisis

Neil Polwart | Information Week Healthcare | August 25, 2014

Mobile health apps could play a bigger role than they have to date in speeding the response to a global health crisis...

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Nandi Mobile, MoTeCH Win UN’s World Summit Awards

Staff Writer | Ghana Business News (GBN) | September 18, 2013

Nandi Mobile and Mobile Technology for Community Health in Ghana (MoTeCH), two local Electronic-Content (e-Content) developers, have won awards at the 2013 World Summit Awards (WSA). Read More »

Nandi, MoTeCH Win UN Awards

Nanine Steencamp | Humanipo | September 20, 2013

Ghanaian Nandi Mobile and Mobile Technology for Community Health in Ghana (MoTeCH) have been awarded United Nations (UN) World Summit Awards (WSA), recognising their e-content development.

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Nandi, MoTeCH Win UN Awards

Nanine Steenkamp | HumanIPO | September 20, 2013

Ghanaian Nandi Mobile and Mobile Technology for Community Health in Ghana (MoTeCH) have been awarded United Nations (UN) World Summit Awards (WSA), recognising their e-content development. Read More »

New Alliance to Drive and Measure Industry Progress to Curb Antimicrobial Resistance

Press Release | International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations | May 18, 2017

 

Speaking at the B20 Health Conference in Berlin, IFPMA Director-General Thomas Cueni announced the launch of the AMR Industry Alliance, which will help give impetus to the life-sciences industry efforts to curb antimicrobial resistance. The threat of antimicrobial resistance causing drug-resistant infections is now more urgent than ever. It is estimated that, unless action is taken, the burden of deaths from antimicrobial resistance could be as high as 10 million lives each year by 2050 – more than cancer...

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New UN-Backed Open-Source Tool Will Support Community Resilience-Building

Staff Writer | UN News Centre | November 27, 2014

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme (FAO) is teaming up with a coalition of partner agencies to develop a new data crunching tool to help national governments, development and relief organizations in their efforts to prevent and respond to crises such as animal diseases, plant pests and even conflict...

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Nigeria Government Confirms Ebola Case In Megacity Of Lagos

Felix Onuah and Tom Miles | Reuters | July 25, 2014

A Liberian man who died in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on Friday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.  Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry in his 40s, collapsed on Sunday after flying into Lagos, a city of 21 million people, and was taken from the airport and put in isolation in a local hospital...

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