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Weight Loss Scams [Video]
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Weight Loss Scams [Video]

Weight Loss Scams byline AARP Nearly half of American adults and well over half of American women are trying to lose weight, according to a 2018 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those figures fuel a $70 billion weight-loss industry — and a widespread trade in dubious products that will reduce only your bank account. Diet scams rank No. 1 among health care frauds reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with on-the-make marketers deploying a variety of tricks to get people to purchase their wares. Some create websites that look like those of legitimate magazines and news organizations and fill them with phony articles claiming that celebrities have achieved amazing results from their products. The FTC recently obtained a $500,000...
The United States Pharmacopeia: 200 Years of Building Trust in Medicine
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The United States Pharmacopeia: 200 Years of Building Trust in Medicine

The TEDMED 2020 theme is Make Way For Wonder, and we are looking forward to convening our Community and embracing the wonders of our times, the astonishing accomplishments, incredible possibilities, and extraordinary potential for the future. So, we were thrilled when the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) decided to celebrate its 200th Anniversary with TEDMED. After all, today’s wonders are built upon a strong foundation of scientific discovery. And, humanity is especially eager for those innovations that will help people everywhere live longer and healthier lives. In anticipation of USP’s presence at TEDMED in March, we talked with Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., chief executive officer, about the organization’s history, its current work, and its approach to building trust in the futur...
Q&A with Peter Piot about COVID-19
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Q&A with Peter Piot about COVID-19

At TEDMED’s gathering in Boston, we had the opportunity to interview on stage the world’s top virologist, Peter Piot. In plain English, Peter provided solid scientific knowledge about COVID-19 and how to cope with it. Short answers, clear explanations. Based on that live interview here is a written Q & A supporting the responses to 100 questions on COVID-19 with Peter Piot. We hope that you will find this additional content helpful and that you will share the video Q & A and this blog post with your friends and family. 1. TEDMED: Let’s start with the basics. What is a virus? A virus is a very tiny particle of RNA or DNA genetic code protected by an outer protein wrapper. 2. TEDMED: How common are viruses? Viruses are everywhere. It’s amazing to realize that...
BrightInsight Raises $40M for Regulated Digital Health Platform for Biopharma & Medtech
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BrightInsight Raises $40M for Regulated Digital Health Platform for Biopharma & Medtech

What You Should Know: – BrightInsight, provider of the leading global regulated digital health platform for biopharma and medtech, today announced a Series B funding round of $40 million, led by global venture capital and private equity firm, Insight Partners. – Already the partner of choice to four global pharmaceutical leaders—AstraZeneca, Roche, CSL Behring, and Novo Nordisk—the Series B financing will enable BrightInsight to speed up hiring, expand its global footprint and add functionality to its regulated digital health platform as it continues to grow its customer base. BrightInsight, Inc., provider of the leading global regulated digital health platform for biopharma and medtech, today announced a Series B funding round of $40M led by global venture capital and private ...
4 Ways Healthcare Leaders Can Use Data & Analytics to Prevent, Predict and Prepare for a Pandemic
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4 Ways Healthcare Leaders Can Use Data & Analytics to Prevent, Predict and Prepare for a Pandemic

Laura Craft, Vice President, Analyst at GartnerCOVID-19 has put a laser focus on how data and analytics are powerful tools for healthcare leaders to predict, prepare, and respond in a proactive and coordinated manner to a global health crisis. Throughout the pandemic, data has been used to document the spread of the virus, project the curve, and more. Responses and actions to mitigate viral spread hinge on real-time data collection, governance, and analysis for instant decision making. The exchange of reliable, real-time data between the government and local health authorities has been proven vital. Yet, while some data and analytics applications have been highly impactful, the crisis has also highlighted ways that data could have been used more effectively. The demand for data and ...
Common cancer treatments not linked to worse COVID-19 outcomes, study shows
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Common cancer treatments not linked to worse COVID-19 outcomes, study shows

Receiving certain common treatments, such as chemotherapy, did not worsen outcomes for cancer patients diagnosed with COVID-19, a new study shows. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, included 423 cancer patients diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 10 and April 7 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The study shows that 40 percent of the patients were hospitalized for COVID-19, and 20 percent developed severe respiratory illness. About 9 percent needed mechanical ventilation. Twelve percent died. Researchers also found that metastatic disease, recent chemotherapy or major surgery within the previous month were not significantly linked to hospitalization or severe respiratory illness due to COVID-19. But use of immunotherapy drugs c...
Why does my stomach hurt? Epigastric pain symptoms and causes
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Why does my stomach hurt? Epigastric pain symptoms and causes

Everyone has experienced stomach pain at some point in their life. Often the cause is obvious, such as a stomach bug or too many sit ups at the gym, and the symptoms will disappear in a day or two. Sometimes, however, the cause of a stomach ache isn’t clear, and this can be quite unnerving. There are a few clues when assessing the cause of a stomach ache, and one of these clues is the location. If your stomach ache is in a particular area of the stomach, or abdomen, you can eliminate other causes and narrow down to the cause. One such type of stomach ache dictated by the area of the abdomen is called epigastric pain. (more…)
What do the new Cystic Fibrosis drugs mean for CF patients?
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What do the new Cystic Fibrosis drugs mean for CF patients?

There have been several announcements this week, both in the US and the UK, and also in Australia, on some new drugs that will become available for cystic fibrosis patients. Pharmaceutical company Vertex have reached deals in the UK and Australia for the double-combination drugs Orkambi and Symkevi, while in the US, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved a new 3-drug treatment marketed as Trikafta. (more…)
Types of seizures – Epilepsy Awareness Month
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Types of seizures – Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month in the US, so in this week’s post we’re going over the basics of this neurological condition that affects more people than you might think. 1 in 26 of us will experience epilepsy at some point in our life, and in the US alone around 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year. There are many different types of epilepsy, different types of seizures, and different symptoms for these seizures. (more…)
Could I have pulmonary hypertension (PH)?
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Could I have pulmonary hypertension (PH)?

This month is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month when charities launch campaigns to raise awareness about this progressive lung disease which is thought to affect around 1% of the global population (increasing to 10% for those aged over 65). As symptoms are non-specific, the disease is often misdiagnosed, which is why increasing awareness is so critical. While in most cases, no cure is currently available, early diagnosis can massively improve a patient’s outcome. (more…)