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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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KENYA:iPay, online drug seller MyDawa ink payment deal

October 2018 BusinessDaily;Online pharmacy MyDawa entered into a deal with fintech firm iPay to broaden payment options for users that will now include M-Pesa, Equitel and Visa. Through the partnership, tech savvy MyDawa customers will also be able to use Pesalink, Mastercard, Masterpay, e-Lipa and Kenswitch to settle their drug …

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KENYA:Curious case of discharge gone awry

October 2018 Standardmedia;Under normal circumstances, an arrival home after a long stay in hospital bed is undoubted call to celebration. In a strange twist of irony, however, Kibibi Abdulla’s arrival at her Kileleshwa home from Aga Khan Hospital (AKUHN) in Nairobi, yesterday morning seethed of despair, lamentation and protest. Despite …

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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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