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Review: Microbiologists from Europe discuss keeping medicines safe Special

Nottingham - This week the U.K.'s biggest conference dedicated to pharmaceutical microbiology took place in Nottingham. The key themes were risk assessment, coping with aging facilities, and addressing contamination issues.

New drugs, mergers and protests, pharma industry round-up

This week a new drug for dealing with opioid overdose has been announced. There’s a buy-out for a dyslipidemia product; plus another larger merger; and also a vaccine price protest. Digital Journal brings another round-up of pharmaceutical sector news.

Op-Ed: American universities have a value problem

When something is essential, can it really be regulated by the free market? The demands and pace of change in the modern economy mean that decent-paying jobs require ever more skills, knowledge, and training to be filled.

Which are the safest hospitals in the U.S.?

Washington - We live in a world where decision making is dominated by league tables, from consumers goods to education. Rightly or wrongly, healthcare is no exception. A new study examines the U.S. hospital sector.

How your smartphone will play a key role in your healthcare Special

Despite forecasts that 2015 would see a slowing of tech sector investment, this fiscal year is poised to be the most successful year for startup businesses and tech since 2000.

Mobile devices & gamification continue to advance healthcare

Adoption of new technologies used to happen slowly in the healthcare space but the pace is speeding up. Here are just some of the advancements in tech that are driving big changes in healthcare!

Google advances its healthcare business

San Fransisco - With the creation of Alphabet, Google is investing more money and resources into its developmental healthcare business with several innovations in the pipeline.

New Brazil rules seek to cut Cesarean craze

Rio De Janeiro - New regulations aimed at rolling back Brazil's obsession with Cesarean sections took effect Monday, with the government hoping it can steer the country from its status as a world leader in C-section births.

Is pharmaceutical waste triggering antibiotic resistance?

Several pharmaceutical companies have been accused by a campaign organization of contributing to the rise of antibiotic resistance among types of pathogenic bacteria, the so-termed "super bugs."

Op-Ed: UN Sustainable Development Goals - death targets

Sonora - One person in the UK is upset at what the UN calls Sustainable Development Goals and which Prof. Peter Lloyd-Sherlock calls death targets.

Home testing kit for HIV now available in the UK

Campaigners and clinicians hope the advent of HIV self test kits in the UK will help reduce transmission and increase the success of modern treatments.

Study: Millions are dying due to lack of access to surgery

An eye-opening study has found approximately two-thirds of the world's population lacks access to safe and affordable surgery, double what previous studies had estimated.

Ghana gets its first emergency medicine training program

In a new initiative seeking to improve healthcare in the country, Ghana has begun its first emergency medicine training program. Nurses are being trained and despatched to regions across the country and new recruits are busily signing up.

Doubts over China prisoner organ harvesting ban

Bejing - China has banned the harvesting of transplant organs from executed prisoners, a senior official said, but international medical practitioners warn that inmates' body parts may simply be reclassified as "donations" instead.

Op-Ed: Obama dodges lame-duck weakness through healthcare spending

Since the midterm victories that put both the House and Senate under GOP majorities, U.S. President Barack Obama’s lame-duck status has been popularly viewed as a foregone conclusion coloring every speech and initiative he has presented in 2015.

Increased hand washing is causing harm to healthcare workers

London - As part of the improvements in hospitals to minimize the rate of healthcare acquired infections affecting patients, healthcare workers have been told to frequently wash their hands. One downside is an increase in skin conditions.

Medication costs play into placebo effectiveness

A new study shows that patients react better to drugs they believe cost more than an equally effective drug that's cheaper, even when the medication is a placebo.

Obama launches the precision medicine initiative

Washington - U.S. President Obama has requested $215 million infunding in order to launch his push for personalized clinical care. This means medicines tailor made for individual patients.

New Ebola case confirmed in the U.K.

Glasgow - A nurse who has just returned from West Africa to the U.K. has been diagnosed with Ebola. The healthcare worker is being treated in hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. This is the U.K.'s second Ebola case.

Report: Canadian healthcare needs stronger leadership

Toronto - A new report from Accreditation Canada titled "Building a stronger health system through leadership" argues that "Health care leaders must work together to strengthen the Canadian health care system and bridge the leadership gap."

China renews pledge to stop using executed prisoner organs

Bejing - China will stop its controversial practice of using executed prisoners as a source of transplant organs from next month, a Chinese newspaper reported Thursday, a promise it has made repeatedly in the past.

Study: Jet-driers spread 27 times more germs than paper towels

Leeds - A new study by UK researchers has discovered that hand-driers are much more prone to spreading germs than good old fashioned paper towels.

Report: Obesity costing the global economy $2 trillion annually

A new report suggests that obesity is costing the world $2 trillion dollars per year — that's comparable to the impact of war and terrorism.

Preventing Falls: a new strategy for Canadian healthcare

Toronto - “Preventing Falls: From Evidence to Improvement in Canadian Health Care” is the title of a new initiative, designed to promote health in Canada among the elderly.

No delay for health-care rule in California

Home health-care workers in California will be eligible for overtime and minimum wage pay on January 1, 2015. The Obama administration has delayed the enforcement of the new rule for six months, nationwide.

Alzheimer's patients feel emotion after memories vanish

A new study says that Alzheimer's patients continue to feel emotion associated with events even after they have forgotten those specific happenings.

New drug delivery-method makes injections obsolete Special

Patients who hate receiving medication through injections are in luck. According to a recent study by MIT, a newly-developed drug capsule bypasses the need for shots by injecting medicine directly into a patient's organs.

Ebola crisis strikes healthcare workers at unprecedented levels

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are an "unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola.”

Op-Ed: Welfare reform is greatly needed in the U.S.

Our nation needs a welfare system that people will benefit from, not chain them to the system of which they can never escape. A revised system created of four branches could correct, accelerate and improve the process by doing just a few simple things.

Reitzin: ‘We need to bring healthcare closer to Silicon Valley’

Boston - While health apps hold substantial future promise in fulfilling the goals of greater wellness and healthcare delivery, much will depend on issues of trust, utility, and convenience.
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