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Bringing healthcare to hard-hit areas in Bangladesh




Leading by example

Johnson & Johnson's CEO Alex Gorsky reiterated his company's commitment to employee health and wellbeing earlier this week, during a lecture he gave at the London School of Economics.

Healthcare vision

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To investigate how healthcare systems in Europe are managing change, the Economist Intelligence Unit conducted a survey of more than 400 European healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Russia and Sweden.


Should pharma get more social?

Anyone working in the pharma industry will know it has been a tough few years. Dwindling innovation in the drug pipelines, the impact of global economic pressures and an increasing global focus on healthcare cost containment have all combined in a perfect storm for the sector often regarded as recession-proof.

Access to healthcare: is it enough?

Now that the US Supreme Court has ruled on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the legal debate over the provision of minimum insurance for all has largely been settled.

Innovations across Asia's healthcare supply chain

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Poorer economies in the region grapple with dire shortages of drugs and doctors, and the inadequacies of healthcare systems that cannot reach patients in remote locations. Richer countries face policy quandaries over resource allocation, and achieving the right balance between public and private provision.

Mobile health initiatives breathe new life into healthcare

Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, depression and cancer, are on the rise globally. The good news is that an increasing number of people with these conditions are able to make use of one or more of a growing suite of smartphone apps—there are already more than 100—designed to help them manage their conditions.

Emerging mHealth: Paths for growth

Mobile healthcare (mHealth) is “the biggest technology breakthrough of our time [being used] to address our greatest national challenge”, said US Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius in her keynote address at the 2011 annual mHealth Summit in the Washington, DC area. Worldwide, the technology and its promise have moved up the healthcare agenda.

Tackling health inequality at the source

There's a London saying that for every Tube stop you travel eastwards from Westminster, there is a one-year drop in local citizens' life expectancy. But that's obviously not true. In actual fact, the difference in life expectancy between two or three Tube stops may be more like nine years.

Weapons against disease that we don't yet know how to use

Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general, has been busy lately, attempting the enormous task of brokering a peace plan in Syria. But at a forum in Copenhagen earlier this month he sounded positively warlike.

Of bugs and bugbears

In 1995 I was given a book whose cheerful title, The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, inspired my friend to inscribe on the flyleaf, "new and wonderful ways to die—happy birthday".

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