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USA: Drug companies greet 2019 with U.S. price hikes

January 2019 Yahoo news; Drugmakers kicked off 2019 with price increases in the United States on more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world’s top-selling medicine, Humira, although the pace of price hikes was slower than last year. The industry has been under pressure by the U.S. President Donald Trump …

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KENYA:Cuban doctors head home, leaving Brazilian towns with no care

November 2018 Yahoonews; The first of thousands of Cuban doctors began to return home on Thursday after criticism by Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro prompted Cuba’s government to sever a cooperation agreement, leaving millions of Brazilians without medical care. Bolsonaro said the Cuban doctors were being used as “slave labor” …

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MALAWI:Malawi nurse suspended over selfie in labor ward

November 2018 cnnnews;A nurse in Malawi has been suspended after her selfie in a labor ward showing a naked pregnant woman in the background surfaced online. Patricia Malichi’s selfie, which has an unidentified pregnant woman lying on a hospital bed at Ndirande Health Centre in Blantyre city, provoked public anger on …

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USA:Too fat to fight: Pentagon grapples with obesity epidemic

October 2018 Yahoonews; Forget about the high-tech military challenges from China and Russia, the Pentagon is facing a fast-growing national security threat that could be even trickier to tackle: America’s obesity crisis. A study released this week has found that nearly one-third of young Americans are now too overweight to …

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Health innovation prizewinners to receive £17m funding

October 2018 digitalhealth;Eight projects based across the UK will receive financial backing after being named winners of the Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC) and Medicines Manufacturing R2 programmes. Successful projects this year include a GPS app designed to track the availability of hospital beds, an AI-based support system for surgeons …

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Startups Plan the Health Data Gold Rush

October 2018 the-scientist;Even if you’ve never heard of IQVIA, the company most likely knows some things about you—if only in anonymized form. As Harvard University fellow Adam Tanner documents in his 2017 book Our Bodies, Our Data, IQVIA (formerly IMS Health), along with other companies such as IBM and Lexis-Nexus, regularly …

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