Exercise of Little Help to Those Who Sit at Home Working All Day (Asahi Shimbun)
A long-term study of 60,000 individuals by the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine found that the longer people sit working, the more deleterious the effects on their health and even regular exercise did not show much benefit. Read more.
Improving Children’s Health “Inextricably Linked” to Growing Florida Economy (Florida Times-Union)
The CEO of Nemours Children’s Health says to meet the goals of a joint project with the Florida Chamber of Commerce to help build a healthy future workforce, families must be lifted out of poverty. He advocates changing the “fee for service” model to a “pay for health” model of delivering children’s healthcare. Read more.
Department of Health, Novartis Collaborate to Boost Abu Dhabi’s Digital Healthcare Ecosystem (Mid East Updates)
The Abu Dhabi Department of Health and Novartis signed a memorandum of understanding in October to jointly create and implement a sustainable and future-proof healthcare system in the emirate. The alliance is aimed at data-driven health interventions and targeted healthcare solutions that will support the digital transformation in the emirate and beyond by focusing on disease areas of priority. Read More.
Pfizer Will Use a Warranty to Refund the Cost of a Lung Cancer Drug if It Doesn’t Work (Pharmalot)
Pfizer says it will reimburse the entire cost of Xalkori (crizotinib) to any patient and health plan if the lung cancer drug fails to work within the first 3 months under a pilot warranty program running through the end of December. Read more.
Sustained Healthcare Systems Need Sustainable Pharma Business Models (pharmaphorum)
Richard Daniell, Executive Vice President and Head of Europe Commercial at Teva, says the Pharma Strategy for Europe is a good first step for sustaining supply chains and business models that will allow innovation to flourish, but the industry will still need to adjust its policies to the new economic and technological realities brought about by COVID-19. Read more.
Diabetes in Chinese Canadians Linked to Immigration Policies Favoring the Rich and Skilled (South China Morning Post)
Researchers in Ontario found immigrants from mainland China were at far greater risk of early onset diabetes than those from Hong Kong or Taiwan and the effect on public health demands urgent and targeted strategies. Read more.
Big Picture Thinking: Care Coordination Across the Continuum Reduces Readmissions (Becker’s Hospital Review)
Reducing hospital readmissions remains a challenge because of the fragmented nature of the healthcare system, but experts say enhanced coordination of care with strategies such as engaging patients at the emergency department to see what drove them there and investment in proven methodologies, toolkits, and platforms can help. Read more.
For People With Sickle Cell Disease, Add Check-Ins to Checkups (STAT News)
A hematologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) reveals how wraparound care plans that address challenges in getting regular care have helped CHOP give patients with sickle cell disease the crucial transcranial Doppler ultrasounds for stroke risk screening they needed even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
Using NLP-Based Text Mining to Gather Patient Insights From Social Media at Roche (Linguamatics)
Roche turned to natural language processing-based text mining to review social media discussions among patients with Parkinson’s disease in order to broaden its understanding of the conceptual disease model for Parkinson’s disease. Read more.
WHO Unveils New Analytical Tools on the ESPEN Data Portal (World Health Organization)
The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa, through the Expanded Special Project for the Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases, is making available new analytical tools in the Neglected Tropical Diseases Data Portal allowing neglected tropical diseases programs and stakeholders to better track rollout and impact of interventions and make data-driven decisions on strategies. Read more.